Ethiopia’s Tigst Assefa Breaks World Record at BMW Berlin Marathon

Ethiopia's Tigst Assefa has successfully defended her title at the BMW Berlin Marathon in a new world record time, finishing with an astonishing time of 2:11:53. Photo: Tigst Assefa on Instagram

In a historic moment for women’s distance running, Ethiopia’s Tigst Assefa has etched her name in the annals of athletic greatness. Assefa not only successfully defended her title at the BMW Berlin Marathon but also obliterated the world record, finishing with an astonishing time of 2:11:53. 

This phenomenal performance marked a seismic shift in the sport, surpassing the previous record set by Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei in the 2019 Chicago Marathon by an impressive margin of over two minutes.

The Berlin Marathon witnessed Assefa’s relentless pursuit of excellence, as she powered through the course with unparalleled determination. From the early stages, it was evident that Assefa was on a mission to rewrite the record books. 

Assefa Powers on to Grow the Lead

She strategically separated herself from a fiercely competitive field, showcasing her tactical brilliance. By the halfway mark, Assefa was on track to shatter the world record, displaying not only remarkable physical prowess but also a keen sense of race strategy.

As the kilometres ticked by, the race leader’s advantage continued to grow, leaving her opponents trailing in her wake. Her 25km split of 1:18:40 was a testament to her exceptional form and unwavering focus along the picturesque Berlin streets bearing witness to the historic feat she was on the verge of achieving.

Watch inspirational video of Ethiopia’s Tigst Assefa setting a new marathon world record,
successfully defending her BMW Berlin Marathon on Sunday
(Instagram)

The Ethiopian athlete’s unyielding determination culminated in a jaw-dropping finish, as she crossed the line in 2:11:53, an extraordinary testament to her skill, strength, and mental fortitude. Her triumph not only secured her a well-deserved victory but also marked a pivotal moment in the advancement of women’s sports. 

Assefa’s achievement serves as an inspiration to aspiring athletes worldwide, showcasing the boundless potential and untapped capabilities within the realm of women’s distance running.


Photo Caption: Ethiopia’s Tigst Assefa has successfully defended her title at the BMW Berlin Marathon in a new world record time, finishing with an astonishing time of 2:11:53. Photo: Tigst Assefa on Instagram

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