Ethiopian Tigst Assefa defended her title in style at the BMW Berlin Marathon on Sunday, September 2. In the process, she broke the world record in 2:11:53. The previous reference time was 2:14:04.
Tigst Assefa was followed by Kenya's Sheila Chepkirui, who finished second in 2:17:49. Tanzanian Magdalena Shauri made a remarkable breakthrough to take third place in 2:18:41, a huge national record.