Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge again proved himself to be the pre-eminent marathon racer of recent years when he won the 2015 BMW Berlin Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, in a 2015 world-leading time of 2:04:00 on Sunday (27).
Kipchoge, the 2003 5000m world champion on the track, took his record to five wins out of six marathon outings since his victorious debut over the classic distance when he won at the 2013 Hamburg Marathon.
Since then, he has notched up triumphs at world famous marathons in Rotterdam, Chicago and London before his win on Sunday in the German capital, where he also suffered his only marathon loss when finishing second in the 2013 race.
The finishing time wasn’t the world record that everyone had hoped for, and was the main talking point before the race after two successive world records in the 2013 and 2014 Berlin races, but that shouldn’t detract from what was a magnificent performance from Kipchoge, who also had to battle with shoe problems from early in the race.
Both insoles from his bright yellow racing shoes had worked their way out by the 16th kilometre and were flapping around his ankles with every step.
“It wasn’t a good day for me in these shoes, although they’re actually very good. I tested them in Kenya but just had bad luck on the day. I had problems from the first kilometre,” Eliud Kipchoge.
The problems with his shoes are something that will undoubtedly have cost him time, although how much will be a source of much debate among the running community.
“My goal was the world record but it wasn’t to be today. Nevertheless I’m delighted with this win and a personal best. I would love to return to Berlin and improve my time,” he added.
Kipchoge’s time was a personal best by five seconds, his previous best also having come in Berlin, and the ninth best performance ever on a record-valid course.


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