Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge has come in first place at the Berlin marathon with just over a minute above the world record. Kenyans have taken the top prize in the German capital every year since 2010.
Competing in the 42nd BMW Berlin Marathon, Kenyan runner Eliud Kipchoge won the men’s marathon with a best unofficial time of 2:04:01.
Kipchoge attempted to beat the world record set by fellow Kenyan Dennis Kimetto, who completed the 42.195-kilometer (26.219 miles) competition in 2:02:57.
The Berlin marathon offers 40,000 euros ($44,800) for the top spot in the fast-paced competition, with an additional 15,000 euros ($16,800) for making the distance in less than 2:05.
Kipchoge has taken the world of marathon running by storm after winning five out of the six marathons he has competed in, including four in a row.
Kenyan athlete Eliud Kiptanui came in second place at the Berlin marathon with an unofficial 2:05:22, while Ethiopia’s Fiyesa Lilesa took third with 2:06:55.
Phillipp Pflieger – one of Germany’s best runners – clocked in at 2:12:50.
The Berlin course has produced at least seven world records in the men’s category.
ls/sms (dpa, AP, AFP, SID)