Demadonna's Gladys Cherono of Kenya cloaks 2h20’23’’ to wins the women's category at the Berlin Marathon on Sunday, 24

 

gladys berlinGladys Cherono, the 2014 World Half Marathon champion and 2015 winner in Berlin, returns to the German capital in winning ways, after having battled a hip injury that saw her fail to defend her Berlin Marathon title last year.

The race started with a group of six women – comprising Cherono, fellow Kenyan Valary Aiyabei and Ethiopian quartet Amane Beriso, Ruti Aga, Gulume Tollesa and Helen Tola – going through five kilometers in 16'40". By the time they reached 15 kilometers 49'33", Beriso was unable to sustain that pace and as 30 kilometers was reached in 1h38'58", there were just three women left battling for the title: Cherono, Aiyabei and Aga.

Few kilometers later, Cherono initiated her attempt to drop her two remaining rivals. By 40 kilometers, Cherono had a comfortable lead on Aga and Aiyabei, left alone in their own battle for the runner-up spot.

Cherono went on to cross the finish line first in 2h20'23", 58 seconds shy of the mark she set when winning in Berlin two years ago. Aga came through to take second place in 2h20'41" with Aiyabei finishing third in 2h20'53".

“It was tough today,” said Cherono, “I went with the pace maker until 30 kilometers. When they dropped out, I tried to push the pace along. I was out of competition for a long time, but I’m happy to be back again. If it was not for bad conditions, I could have broken my PB but I’m happy with what I did today.” She concluded.

In the men's category Demadonna's Guye Adola, marathon debutant, was a big surprise when crossing the finish line in 2h03'46" for a runner-up position, just 14 seconds behind Kenya's Kipchoge first in 2h03'32".

Ethiopia's Adola was the only one keeping company to Kipchoge for the final 12 kilometers of the race locked in a breathtaking duel right through to the closing stages.

"I enjoyed it," said Adola, who with his 2h03'46" moves straight to seventh on the world all-time list. "I enjoyed all of it, including the second half of the race – apart, that is, from the last two kilometres.” Concluded Adola.

 

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