DAP's Gladys Cherono sets Course Record and world lead to take third consecutive victory at the BMW Berlin Marathon on Sunday (16)

cherono berlin18Kenya's Gladys Cherono crowned winner of the 45th edition of the BMW Berlin Marathon with a fantastic course record and world lead of 2h18’11’’.

The race started with a first large group formed and led by Tirunesh Dibaba followed by fellow Ethiopians Ruti Aga and Helen Tola, and the Kenyan duo Gladys Cherono and Edna Kiplagat, reaching halfway in 69'03". Shortly before 25 kilomrters, Demadonna's represented Gladys Cherono took the lead followed closely by Ethiopian's Ruti Aga and Tirunesh Dibaba.

At this point, the three, Cherono, Aga and Dibaba maintained a pace unprecedented in any previous women’s race in Berlin. They kept the pace going to the finish as the three broke 2h19" for the first time here.

“When I attacked and overtook Tirunesh, I felt confident I would win,” said Gladys Cherono, who broke the course record which had stood for 13 years. Cherono's winning this year elevated her into distinguished company as she joined those who have won the BMW Berlin Marathon title three times: Renata Kokowska of Poland, Berlin’s based Uta Pippig and the Ethiopian Aberu Kebede.

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