Eliud Kipchoge returns to Berlin
Last year Eliud Kipchoge (KEN) broke his existing marathon world record in Berlin. With a time of 2:01:09, Kipchoge pulverized his previous best of 2:01:39. This marked his fourth win and his second world record at the Spree metropolis. The Kenyan appreciates the fine organisation of the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON as well as the fast course. Whether he will be the first to cross the finish line just beyond the Brandenburg Gate again at the end of September remains to be seen.
Amos Kipruto with big ambitions
There is at least one runner who is hoping to have an impact on how Kipchoge runs his race. None other than the winner of the TCS London Marathon 2022 , Amos Kipruto, is facing off against Eliud Kipchoge. The Kenyan not only won the London Marathon last year, but also stood on the podium as runner-up at the Tokyo Marathon 2022. If we take a look at the 30-year-old's development, we can expect an exciting battle between the two running behemoths along the 42.195 kilometres through Berlin—possibly even a race with historic sports value. In 2018, Amos Kipruto finished second behind Eliud Kipchoge at the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON.
Tigist Assefa expected to have another strong performance
In 2022, Tigist Assefa set a spectacular course record on the fast streets of Berlin. Starting then as an outsider with a previous best time of 2:34:01, the Ethiopian woman ran a remarkable race and won the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON in 2:15:37. At the time, the 26-year-old achieved the third-fastest time ever run, an Ethiopian national record and a world best time for the year. In 2023, Assefa will look to repeat her victory in Berlin, hopefully with a similarly terrific performance.
Sheila Chepkirui with high-class goals
Sheila Chepkirui also knows a thing or two about Berlin records. The Kenyan provided the sporting highlight at the GENERALI BERLIN HALF MARATHON 2022. Despite freezing conditions, she won the spring race with a world-class course record of 65:02 minutes. At this year's London Marathon, Chepkirui impressed with a time of 2:18:51, which was only good enough for an unfortunate fourth place in a strong field. She is aiming for the podium at the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON and is considered Assefa's strongest competitor.