Solid marathon debut for Wanjiru in Berlin

Solid marathon debut for Wanjiru in Berlin
Rosemary Wanjiru

Kenya’s Rosemary Wanjiru marked her marathon debut in style, finished the women’s race at the Berlin Marathon in second place in a time of 2 hours 18 minutes.

Kenya’s Rosemary Wanjiru marked her marathon debut in style, finished the women’s race at the Berlin Marathon in second place in a time of 2 hours 18 minutes.

Ethiopia’s Tigist Assefa smashed the course record by more than two minutes with 2:15:37, becoming the third-fastest woman in history.

Several runners were in contention for most of the women’s race. A group of six women passed through half way in 2:08:13 – well inside course record pace – but by 30km, reached in 1:36:41, just three Swomen remained at the front: Assefa, along with Ethiopian compatriots Tigist Abayechew and Meseret Gola.

Despite running significantly quicker than she ever had done before, Assefa – a former 800m specialist – maintained her relentless pace and opened up a gap of about 20 seconds by 35km.

She continued to pull away from the rest of the field and crossed the line in an Ethiopian record of 2:15:37 – a time that has only ever been beaten by world record-holders Brigid Kosgei (2:14:04) and Paula Radcliffe (2:15:25).