Ethiopian Assefa breaks women’s marathon world record in Berlin

KEY POINTS

• Ethiopian Tigst Assefa broke the women’s marathon world record in Berlin on Sunday, beating the previous record by more than two minutes and setting an official time of two hours set 11 minutes and 53 seconds.
• Assefa, who set a personal best on the course last year, quickly set a blistering pace and gradually overcame obstacles to beat Kenyan Brigid Kosgei’s record of two hours, 14 minutes and four seconds set in 2019.

• Assefa, having established a new personal record on this very route the previous year, wasted no time in igniting a scorching tempo, systematically distancing themselves from all challengers and eclipsing Brigid Kosgei’s 2019 mark of two hours, fourteen minutes, and four seconds.

•Beneath the azure Sunday heavens of Berlin, Tigst Assefa, the exceptional Ethiopian runner, shattered the women’s marathon global benchmark, surpassing the preceding achievement by over two minutes, clinching an Official clocking at 2 hours, 11 minutes, and 53 seconds on the dot.

• His stunning performance The win surpassed men’s world record holder Eliud Kipchoge’s record-fifth victory on a fast, flat track in central Berlin.

• The 38-year-old Kenyan, who is aiming to win his third Olympic medal in the marathon in Paris next year, failed to match the record he set in Berlin last year with a time of two hours, two minutes and 42 seconds.

• Assefa, who only started running marathons in April last year, made it clear from the start that he intended to run at a breakneck pace.

• At the halfway point she ran for one hour, six minutes, and 20 seconds, one of six women to set a world record on this stage, and the Berlin Marathon lived up to her reputation as one of the fastest in the world.

• She had no problems maintaining the pace and was only three seconds per kilometer slower over 37 km than Kipchoge’s time on the same stage, setting a sensational world record.

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