Ethiopia’s Assefa smashes women’s marathon world record in Berlin

Tigist Assefa celebrates with her national flag after smashing the women’s marathon world record by crossing the finish line to win the women’s race of the Berlin Marathon on September 24, 2023 in Berlin, Germany. (CREDIT: AFP)

Ethiopia’s Tigist Assefa smashed the women’s marathon world record in Berlin on Sunday, winning in 2hr 11min 53sec, more than two minutes ahead of the previous mark.

The 29-year-old Assefa bettered the record of 2hr 14min 04sec set by Kenyan Brigid Kosgei in Chicago in 2019.

Assefa crossed the line just after Kenyan men’s world record holder Eliud Kipchoge won a record-fifth Berlin marathon.

She finished almost six minutes ahead of Kenyan Sheila Chepkirui (+5:56), while Tanzanian Magdalena Shauri finished third (+6:48).

Assefa broke away early in perfect conditions in the German capital and continued her stunning time to become the first woman to set the world record in Berlin since Japan’s Naoko Takahashi in 2001.


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