Eliud Kipchoge, a two-time Olympic champion, broke his own world record in the Berlin Marathon 

The Kenyan star finished in 2 hours, 1 minute, and 9 seconds, shaving 30 seconds off his previous best time of 2:01:39 set on the same course in 2018 

Tigist Assefa, 26, of Ethiopia, won the women's race in 2:15:37, a course record that was 18 minutes faster than she had ever run before. It was the third fastest time in history 

Rosemary Wanjiru of Kenya finished second on her debut in 2:18:00, the second-fastest debut time ever, just ahead of Ethiopian runner Tigist Abayechew in 2:18:03 

The marathon was the fastest ever thanks to Kipchoge and Assefa's combined time of 4:16:46. The men's record has now been set eight times in a row in Berlin, which is popular among runners due to its flat course 

Last year, strict restrictions reduced participant numbers by nearly half, and the 2020 race was canceled due to the pandemic 

Kipchoge and Belihu ran the half marathon in 59:51. Abel, a Kenyan runner, and Adola 

Ethiopian runner Tadu Abate finished second, nearly five minutes behind compatriot Mark Korir. Belihu, who had stayed with Kipchoge the longest, finished fourth in 2:06:40 

Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya sets a new world record in the Berlin Marathon with a time of 2:01:09