Tigist Assefa: The Defending Champion Takes Center Stage at Berlin Marathon 2023
Tigist Assefa: The Defending Champion Takes Center Stage at Berlin Marathon 2023

BERLIN, Germany — Defending champion Tigist Assefa, with a personal best of 2:15:37, leads an electrifying women’s division in the upcoming Berlin Marathon as she aims to retain her title against formidable competition.

Tigist Assefa spearheads a strong contingent of Ethiopian runners who have all clocked sub-2:20 times, including Tigist Abayechew with a record of 2:18:03, Worknesh Edesa at 2:18:51, Hiwot Gebrekidan with 2:19:10, and Zeinaba Yimer, who posted a time of 2:19:28.

Women’s Berlin Marathon Field Heats Up

Kenya’s Sheila Chepkirui, boasting an impressive time of 2:17:29, is expected to be a fierce contender, along with Japan’s Hitomi Niiya, who has a personal best of 2:19:24. While the field seems dominated by Ethiopian and Kenyan runners, the presence of other noteworthy athletes adds a unique layer to the competition. READ: Kipchoge Lowers His Own World Record At BMW Berlin Marathon

Dera Dida, a former world cross country silver medalist, has a marathon best of 2:21:11. Senbere Teferi, another athlete of high caliber, who clinched silver in the 5000m at the world championships, enters with a time of 2:24:11. Not to be overlooked, Romania’s Delvine Meringor, the fastest European entrant in the field, will be competing with a personal best of 2:20:49.

The Berlin Marathon, one of the most esteemed races in the running calendar, has historically been the platform where numerous world records have been shattered. The combination of a flat course and a strong elite field frequently results in thrilling races and incredibly fast times.

This year’s Berlin Marathon women’s race is particularly significant, not just because of the caliber of the athletes but also because it showcases the incredible depth of talent in long-distance running across nations. With all eyes on Berlin, this marathon is set to be one of the most keenly contested in recent memory.

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Anthony Foster is a renowned Jamaican sports journalist, honored twice as the Jamaica sports journalist of the year (in 2004 and 2005). His journalistic achievements are globally recognized. Notably, he authored an award-winning article on Usain Bolt, the iconic 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion, and record holder for the sprint double. This significant piece was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony's extensive coverage includes prestigious events such as the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016. He has also provided coverage for seven (7) World Athletics Championships held between 2007 and 2022, alongside various other international sporting events. Noteworthy mentions comprise his coverage of the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his cherished experience reporting on the 2004 clash between his favorite football team, Argentina, and the USA.


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