Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge clocks 2:01:09 for world record in Berlin Marathon

 Two-time Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge has bettered his own world record in the Berlin Marathon on Sunday.

The Kenyan runner clocked 2 hours, 1 minute, 9 seconds to shave 30 seconds off his previous best mark of 2:01:39 set on the same course in 2018.

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

Conditions in the German capital were ideal for fast racing - cool, around 11 degrees Celsius after a night of showers, with no more precipitation and no wind. 

Some 45,527 runners from 157 nations were registered to take part in the first Berlin Marathon without restrictions since the coronavirus pandemic began.

Participant numbers were reduced by nearly half last year, when anyone taking part had to show proof of vaccination, recovery from COVID-19, or have a negative PCR test result. The 2020 race was called off due to the pandemic.

Kipchoge set off at a furious pace on Sunday, covering the first 10 kilometers in just 28:23 and clocking 42:32 at the 15k-mark, hinting at a sub two-hour attempt.