Eliud Kipchoge (KEN) has come out as the champion of the 2017 BMW Berlin Marathon in a winning time of 2:03:32. In what was announced as the marathon of the century Kipchoge outran Guye Adole (ETH) in a battle that lasted all the way to the last kilometer.
In very tough weather conditions a world record attempt didn’t prove feasible. Both Wilson Kipsang and Kenenisa Bekele, who completed the star studded line up did not finish the race due to physical issues.
“I am disappointed that the world record wasn’t possible today but I am happy to run this time in these conditions. I did not expect anyone other than Bekele and Kipsang with me at the finish line but this is sport and I am very happy for him that he ran such a great race.” – Eliud Kipchoge
Kenenisa Bekele was disappointed with his DNF. The cold temperatures, rain and high humidity were the factor of his early exit. Bekele will start setting his sights on continued marathon success in 2018.
The pacing of fellow NN Running Team member Gideon Kipketer proved vital in the success of Eliud today and as he dropped out of the front group he managed to assist Kenenisa Bekele for another few kilometers.