Tigst Assefa Shatters Women’s Marathon World Record in Berlin

Berlin Marathon 2023
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Berlin, Germany – September 24, 2023

Tigst Assefa, the 26-year-old Ethiopian sensation, did more than just break the world record in the women’s marathon on Sunday in Berlin—she utterly obliterated it. In a remarkable feat of athleticism, Assefa not only lowered the previous record but also became the first woman in history to complete a marathon in less than 2 hours and 12 minutes.

Running only her third marathon, Assefa demonstrated her extraordinary talent, finishing the flat, inner-city course in a breathtaking time of 2 hours, 11 minutes, and 53 seconds. This extraordinary achievement shattered the previous record of 2 hours, 14 minutes, and 4 seconds, set by Brigid Kosgei in 2019 in Chicago.

The margin of victory was equally astonishing, with Assefa crossing the finish line nearly six minutes ahead of her nearest competitor, Kenya’s Sheila Chepkirui, who completed the marathon in 2 hours and 17 minutes, 49 seconds. Tanzania’s Magdalena Shauri secured the third spot, finishing in 2 hours and 18 minutes, 41 seconds. Impressively, a total of eight women in the race achieved times under the 2-hour, 20-minute mark.

Annie Frisbie proudly represented the United States, emerging as the top American runner with a 17th place finish and a commendable time of 2 hours, 27 minutes, and 2 seconds.

Tigst Assefa’s historic accomplishment in Berlin not only solidifies her place among the world’s elite marathon runners but also serves as a testament to the extraordinary feats of human athleticism that continue to redefine the boundaries of what is possible in the world of sports.

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