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Eliud Kipchoge's Marathon World Record Survives Onslaught In Berlin

Ethiopian long distance superstar Kenenisa Bekele who was hyped to defend his BMW Berlin Marathon title on Sunday 26th 2021 in his fourth appearance at the World Athletics Elite Platinum Label road race finished third.The former 5000m and 10000m had tipped before the race that he was in great shape to challenge Kipchoge's men's marathon record which stands at 2 hours, 01 minutes and 49 seconds.Kipchoge recorded the mark in his legendary run at 2018 Berlin edition. Three-time Olympic gold medallist had been tipped to challenge Eliud Kipchoge's men's mark finished third in unratified time of 2 hours 6 minutes and 47 seconds behind his country’s compatriot Guye Adola and Kenya's Bethwel Yegon.

This was the biggest marathon race since the beginning of the pandemic worldwide, with 24,796 runners participating.

Guye Adola survived a midway comeback from race favourite Kenenisa Bekele and a late surge from Kenyan Bethwel Yegon to power to victory in the Berlin marathon on Sunday. Adola was runner up to Eliud Kipchoge in Berlin in 2017 and he went one better by winning in 2 hours, 5 minutes and 45 seconds. Bethwel Yegon finished second in 2 minutes, 6 minutes and 14 seconds.

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