Kenyan long-distance runner Eliud Kipchoge EGH wins Berlin marathon 5th time
Eliud Kipchoge EGH made history by becoming the first Kenyan to win the Berlin Marathon for the fifth record with a time of 2:02:41. His record is for 2015, 2017, 2018, 2022 and 2023 wins. Eliud went on to enjoy a medal-laden track career winning Olympic 5000m bronze and silver medals at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics Games.
“To be the first one winning the Berlin Marathon five times is something that I could only dream of. We have so much history together whereby I cannot put into words the feeling I get when running these streets. Thank you to all the fans out on the course today.” Eliud wrote on X
‘In 2013 the man they call “The Philosopher” because of his intelligence started his marathon career with victory in Hamburg (2:05:30). Later that year he had to settle for second in Berlin behind Wilson Kipsang – who set a world record that day – but so far that is Eliud’s solitary marathon defeat […] He went on to secure victory in wet conditions at the 2017 Berlin Marathon, recording 2:03:32 to claim an eighth marathon win in nine starts and a seventh successive 42.2km victory. In April, Eliud maintained his remarkable winning streak by clinching a third victory on the streets of London, triumphing on a hot, spring day in 2:04:17.’ (S: NN Running Team)
President of The Republic of Kenya, William Samoei Ruto, also took to X and congratulated Kipchoke and wrote,
“The Fifth masterful and historic performance in Berlin. Congratulations our limitless star, @EliudKipchoge for your golden staging in the BMW”
Vincent Kipkemboi also took Silver in his marathon debut, while Sheila Chepkirui also scooped another silver in the women’s race.
The 2023 Berlin Marathon was the 49th edition of the annual marathon race in Berlin, held on Sunday, 24 September 2023. A Platinum Label marathon, it was the fourth of six World Marathon Majors events scheduled for 2023. Almost 48,000 runners from 156 countries took part in the event. Wikipedia