The 2015 BMW Berlin marathon champions Eliud Kipchoge and Gladys Cherono have once again eaffirm the country’s superiority in major global city marathons after the double victory on Sunday with Kenyans paying growing tribute to the duo.
Following the exploits, Athletics Kenya led athletics fraternity in hailing the pair and acknowledging the exemplary show by the team that represented the country in the Germany Capital this year.
Though the display did not result into a world record as it was highly anticipated, Kipchoge, sandwiched by the trio of compatriots Eliud Kiptanui, Emmanuel Mutai and Geoffrey Mutai, covered the fast course in 2:04.01, the World leading time this year.
“Athletics Kenya would like to send congratulatory messages to the winners of the Berlin Marathon 2015 Eliud Kipchoge with a time of 2:04.01 and Gladys Cherono with a time of 2:19.25,” read the laudatory from AK Secretariat.
Kipchoge, relishing from Virgin London Marathon victory last April, took the top honours with his trailers Eliud Kiptanui (Kenya), Feyisa Lilesa (Ethiopia), Emmanuel Mutai (Kenya) and Geoffrey Mutai (Kenya) finishing minutes apart in 2:05.21, 2:06.57, 2:07.46 and 2:09.29 in that order.
“We would also like to acknowledge the exemplary performance of other Kenyans in the race Eliud Kiptanui, who came in second position, Emmanuel Mutai 4th position and Geoffrey Mutai who came in 5th. We thank them for carrying the Kenyan flag high,” added the communiqué from the federation headquarters.
On his part, Kipchoge, also the 2003 5,000metres World Champion thanked his management, coaches, fans and journalists through his social media walls for their role towards his success in his athletics career.
Prior to the Sunday race, the star who has now chalked his 5th wins in marathon since his maiden victory at Hamburg in 2013, had hinted at attempting the World record at the first course where the world mark has been assaulted twice in the last two years by fellow Kenyan Wilson Kipsang and Dennis Kimeto.
But the dream could not materialize after his running shoes slowed him down during the second half of the race. He had returned 29:19 at 10km and 58:39 at 20km and managed 1:01.53 and missed the 1:01.30 that was anticipated by the race organizers.
For Cherono, the reigning World Half Marathon Champion, her 2:19.25 was a personal record from her debut 2:20 and propelled her to stand at position 7th in all-time women marathon ranking.
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