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BMW BERLIN-MARATHON: Champion Eliud Kipchoge contemplates return in pursuit of World Record

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The morning after winning the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON for the second time in three years, Eliud Kipchoge was in reflective mood. Looking back on Sunday’s race which produced more than its fair share of surprises, he offered his assessment on the upsets provided by the event’s 44thedition: “Planning to run a marathon is like life, anything can happen. You can run fast today and tomorrow you run slow.”

BMW BERLIN-MARATHON: Eliud Kipchoge wins dramatic race in Berlin with world lead

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Eliud Kipchoge confirmed his position as the world’s number one marathon runner by taking a dramatic win in the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON. The Kenyan clocked a world leading time of 2:03:32 after coming from behind. In difficult weather conditions with rain and high humidity the world record set by Kenya’s Dennis Kimetto in Berlin in 2014 with 2:02:57 was out of reach in the final part of the race. However Kipchoge can add another superlative to his collection: No one has ever run faster in such conditions. The 32 year-old clocked a „rain world record“ in Berlin on Sunday.

BMW BERLIN-MARATHON on Sunday: Thrilling showdown in prospect in Berlin

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Thrilling showdown in prospect in Berlin - The Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge, defending champion Kenenisa Bekele and the former world record holder Wilson Kipsang are ready for a world record chase in the 44th edition of the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON on Sunday. The three strongest marathon runners in the world want to break the world record of 2:02:57 which Kenya’s Dennis Kimetto set three years ago in Berlin. The BMW BERLIN-MARATHON is an IAAF Gold Label Road Race and part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors series.

BMW BERLIN-MARATHON on Sunday: Gladys Cherono ready for another sub 2:20 performance

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Gladys Cherono ready for another sub 2:20 performance in Berlin - The women’s elite field for the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON on Sunday is ripe with talent, featuring five runners whose personal best is under 2:25. Gladys Cherono is the favourite among this quintet, having already won the race in 2015 with a world-class time of 2:19:25, going within 13 seconds of breaking the course record, set in 2005 by the Japanese Mizuki Noguchi (2:19:12). A record number of 43,852 runners from 137 countries have entered the 44th edition of the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON. The race, the biggest one-day sports event in Germany, is an IAAF Gold Label event and one of the Abbott World Marathon Majors series.

NBC SPORTS GROUP’S MONTH OF MARATHONS KICKS OFF THIS SUNDAY AT 3 A.M. ET WITH THE BERLIN MARATHON LIVE ON NBCSN

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STAMFORD, Conn. - September 21, 2017 - NBC Sports Group presents coverage of three marathons in the next month - Berlin, Chicago, and Amsterdam - beginning this Sunday, Sept. 24 with live and encore coverage of the Berlin Marathon. Live coverage of the Berlin Marathon begins at 3 a.m. ET Sunday on NBCSN, with an encore presentation of the race Sunday at Noon ET on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA.

MAINOVA FRANKFURT MARATHON ON OCTOBER 29: Olympic Champion Vivian Cheruiyot seeks success on Frankfurt’s red carpet

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For the first time the Mainova Frankfurt Marathon will have an Olympic champion in the elite field. Vivian Cheruiyot of Kenya, winner of the 5,000m gold in Rio last year, will run the second marathon of her road running career in Frankfurt on October 29. The organizers expect up to 15,000 entrants for the 36th edition of the Mainova Frankfurt Marathon which is an IAAF Gold Label race, the highest category in international road running. Online entry is still available at: www.frankfurt-marathon.com