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World Athletics ratifies Kipchoge’s incredible 2:01:09 marathon world record

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World Athletics has ratified double Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge’s incredible 2:01:09 marathon world record.

The Kenyan won the Berlin Marathon last year, taking 30 seconds off the marathon world record he had set in the same city on 16 September 2018.

Kipchoge crossed the line in 2:01:09, making it the eighth consecutive men’s marathon world record to be set in Berlin.

Botswana’s Leslie Tebogo successfully defended his 100m title at the World Athletics U20 Championships in Cali, Colombia. He had broken the championship record in his heat with 10.00, then won his semifinal in 10.14 before going on to dominate the final in 9.91 (0.8m/s).

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His winning time took 0.03 off the world U20 record he had set in Eugene on 15 July in the heats of the World Athletics Championships Oregon22.

Just three days later, another world U20 record fell, this time in the women’s 4x100m.

The Jamaican quartet of Serena Cole, Tina Clayton, Kerrica Hill and Tia Clayton teamed up to take the title in 42.59, taking 0.35 off the previous record that the same team had achieved on 22 August 2021 at the previous World U20 Championships in Nairobi.

A similar quartet – but with Brianna Lyston on third leg instead of Hill – had clocked a marginally quicker 42.58 at the Carifta Games earlier in 2022, but it could not be ratified as a record.

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