Ethiopia’s Tigist Assefa celebrates as she crosses the finish line and wins the women’s class of the Berlin Marathon in world record time on Sunday, September 24, 2023 in Berlin, Germany.
Ethiopian runner Tigst Assefa set a new women’s world record at the BMW Berlin Marathon on Sunday, beating the previous best time by more than two minutes.
Assefa, 26, crossed the finish line at the Brandenburg Gate with a time of 2:11:53.
The previous world record was held by Brigid Kosgei, who completed a marathon in Chicago in 2019 in 2:14:04.
🇪🇹’s Tigst Assefa destroys the women’s* marathon world record in Berlin 🤯
*Subject to normal ratification procedures pic.twitter.com/RIAr17ByTN
– World Athletics (@WorldAthletics) September 24, 2023
“I didn’t expect to run so fast, to break 2:12, but it is the result of hard work,” Assefa said in quotes from the marathon.
“As I am now a favorite for next year’s Olympic marathon, it is up to the national committee to select me for the team,” she added.
Assefa also won the Berlin Marathon last year with a time of 2:15:37, which was the third fastest time ever at the time.
In the men’s category, Kenyan runner Eliud Kipchoge took his fifth marathon victory in Berlin with a time of 2:02:42.
“I always learn from every win. “I’m very happy to win in Berlin for the fifth time,” Kipchoge said in a post on the marathon’s Facebook page.
Kipchoge said he would use what he learned from those victories in his preparations for next year’s Summer Olympics, scheduled to be held in Paris in July and August.
Source : www.npr.org