Former world half marathon champion Gladys Cherono claimed a hat-trick of Berlin Marathon titles with a course record which was a course record today.
Apart from winning her third title, Cheroni recorded her personal best time when he won in 2:18.11, becoming the fourth fastest woman in the history of women’s marathon.
She broke Japanese Mizuki Noguchi’s 13-year-old course record by 61 seconds besides improving her personal best of 2:19:25 set with victory in 2015 in Berlin. Noguchi won the 2005 Berlin in a course record time of 2:19:12.
Cherono, the 2014 World Half Marathon champion beat Ethiopia’s Ruti Aga, who was fresh from finishing second at Tokyo Marathon in February and multiple world and Olympic champion Tirunesh Tirunsh Dibaba also from Ethiopia to second and third places in 2:18:34 and 2:18:55 respectively.
Cherono’s time was the fourth fastest time in the history of women’s marathon after Paula Radcliffe’s 2:15:25, Mary Keitany’s 2:17:01 and Dibaba’s 2:17:56.
Cherono got to pocket a total of Sh 9.5 million; Sh 5.5million for winning and a bonus of Sh 4 million from running below 2 hours and 20 minutes. Aga and Dibaba also got Sh 4 million each in bonuses apart from their prize money.
It was the first marathon in history in which three women finished inside 2:18