The fastest marathon course in the world lived up to its title over the weekend as Eliud Kipchoge ran a personal best of 2:04:01 to win the Berlin Marathon.
Kipchoge broke his marathon mark by three seconds, good for 11th all-time, anywhere, ever, despite his insoles coming out of his shoes early in the race.
Close to 28,000 runners took part in the run around Germany.
Eliud Kiptanui (2:05:21) cut just over two minutes for his fifth-place finish a year ago to take second.
Feyisa Lilesa rounded out the top three with a time of 2:06:57.
— Running Warehouse (@RunWithTheHouse) September 28, 2015
In just her second attempt at a marathon, Gladys Cherono (2:19:25) recording the top time of any women, anywhere so far in 2015.
Aberu Kebede earned runner-up honors with a time of 2:20:48.
Meseret Hailu (2:24:33) managed to hold off Tadelech Bekele (2:25:01) for third.
Bekele finish fourth last year as well.
— Steven J. Frisch (@stevenjfrisch) September 27, 2015