18 September 2018, 3pm
Sun 16 September 2018
The 33 year-old Kenyan ran his own race, leading right from the start. He improved Dennis Kimetto’s mark of 2:02:57 set in the 2014 Berlin Marathon by 78 seconds. This is the biggest improvement in the men’s marathon world record since 1967. Kipchoge finished nearly five minutes ahead of compatriot Amos Kipruto. Preceding world record holder Wilson Kipsang (2:03:23) was third.
Gladys Cherono defended her women’s title with a course record of 2:18:11, also a world leading time. She became the fourth fastest woman in history and won the BMW Berlin Marathon for the third time. It is the first time that three runners finished under 2:19 in one race. Ruti Aga took second with 2:18:34 and pre-race favourite Tirunesh Dibaba third in 2:18:55.
A record number of 44,389 runners from 133 countries entered the 45th edition of the race.