27 Sep '15, 3pm

Despite Insoles Coming Loose, Eliud Kipchoge Wins Berlin Marathon

As was the 2:19:25 that Gladys Cherono ran to win the women’s race, Kipchoge’s time was the fastest in the world this year. But it was the circumstances under which Kipchoge dispatched the field that established him as the most formidable marathoner in the world. Kipchoge ran the vast majority of the race with his insoles hanging loose from his shoes, a footwear malfunction that caused considerable pain and distraction through the latter part of the race. “It was not easy,” he said. “There are blisters on the left foot and my big toe is cut, with lots of blood.” When the field set off in cool and sunny conditions in the city’s Tiergarten, hopes were high that Dennis Kimetto ’s world record of 2:02:57—set last year in Berlin—would be threatened, with Kipchoge, the London winner in April, seen as the one most likely to do it. But in the first mile, Kipchoge’s left insole beg...

Full article: http://www.runnersworld.com/berlin-marathon/kipchoge-wins...

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