Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya broke his own marathon world record. He won the Berlin race with a time of 2:01.09, which is 30 seconds faster than the time he set four years ago in Berlin.
The 37-year-old, who has now won 15 of 17 marathons in his career, including two Olympic victories and 10 major titles, was in a class by himself.
He set a blistering pace from the start on the flat, fast inner-city course on a cloudy day. He slowly passed last year's winner, Guye Adola, but Andamlak Belihu, also from Ethiopia,
didn't give up, even as they raced through the halfway point in less than an hour. Around the 27-kilometer mark, Belihu finally fell back, while Kipchoge kept going for the record.
The Kenyan kept his Olympic title at the Tokyo Games last year. At the Tokyo Marathon in March, he missed his world record by just over a minute, but that wasn't going to stop him in Berlin.
With a final 500-meter sprint that took him through the city's famous Brandenburg Gate just as the sun was coming up, Kipchoge crossed the finish
line with a big smile to cement his place as one of the best runners of all time. Kipchoge is the only person to have run a marathon in less than two hours. In 2019,
he did it on a specially made track in Vienna with a time of 1:59.40, but it is not an official time because it was not set in a race.
Tadu Abate of Ethiopia came in third, four minutes and 49 seconds behind Mark Korir. This made it a one-two finish for Kenya.
Tigist Assefa of Ethiopia won the women's race with a time of 2:15:37, which is the third-best time ever.
Only Kenyan Brigid Kosgei and Britain's Paula Radcliffe have run marathons faster than her.
She came in first, ahead of Rosemary Wanjiru of Kenya and Tigist Abayechew of Ethiopia.