Tigist Assefa obliterates Brigid Kosgei's world record to bag successive Berlin Marathon titles

ATHLETICS Tigist Assefa obliterates Brigid Kosgei's world record to bag successive Berlin Marathon titles

Abigael Wafula 12:53 - 24.09.2023

Tigist Assefa displayed her prowess in the streets of Berlin to win the race in a time of 2:11:52.

Ethiopia’s Tigist Assefa once again dominated the women’s race at the Berlin Marathon to clinch the title in an astounding world record time of 2:11:52. 

Assefa finished first ahead of Kenya's Sheila Chepkirui who missed out on her Personal Best time after clocking 2:17:49  to finish second. Tanzania's Magdalena Shauri completed the podium in a time of 2:18:41. 

With her win, Assefa has completely shattered Brigid Kosgei's world record which stood at 2:14:04 and was set at the 2019 Chicago Marathon. 

Meanwhile, the women’s race started off on quite a slower pace with Chepkirui and Assefa taking center stage and controlling the pace with the aid of pacesetters.

As the women passed the 5km mark, Chepkirui was leading as Delvine Merungor was running in second place. Ethiopia’s Senbere Teferi, the Valencia Marathon champion, was running in third place looking very comfortable.

Defending champion Assefa was running in fourth place, and was leading the chasing pack followed closely by another Ethiopian, Zeineba Yimer.

As the women crossed the 10km mark, Chepkirui had been replaced and she was now running in fifth place, looking a bit uneasy. Teferi had now taken charge and was leading comfortably, closely being followed by Workenesh Edesa and Assefa.

Assefa, the defending champion had taken charge as the women passed the 15km mark with Edesa and Chepkirui now running in second and third place. Teferi was running in fourth place.

Another Ethiopian, Zeineba Yimer was leading the chasing pack where she was running with her compatriots.

Passing the 21km mark, Assefa was leading the pack with Chepkirui clinging onto her. Yimer was now running in third place as Dera Dida had now climbed up the ladder and was running in fourth place.

As they passed the 25km mark, Assefa was moving away from Chepkirui and looking very comfortable. Edesa was running in third place also looking very comfortable. Assefa continued the hot streak passing the 30km mark, getting closer to the world record time.

Chepkirui held onto second place, also trying to close the gap that the defending champion had opened. Assefa passed the 40km mark in 2:05:13, still looking very poised, with no opposition. 

With the finish line in sight, the Ethiopian was in a class of her own as she obliterated Kosgei's record of 2:14:04. She becomes the first woman to run below 2:12:00.