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Berlin Marathon | Pakistani marathoner, qualifies for Boston
With his victory at the Berlin Marathon on Sunday, Kenyan runner Eliud Kipchoge broke the previous world record by over three minutes. Athletes from Pakistan also ran in the race, with some of them earning spots in the Boston Marathon in 2024. On a gloomy morning in Berlin, Eliud Kipchoge shone brightly, setting a new world record of 2 hours, 1 minute, and 9 seconds.
At the press conference after the race, he said, “you shall see” what happens next, implying that Berlin had not seen the last of him. Halfway through the race, at 59 minutes and 51 seconds, it appeared that the Rio and Tokyo Olympic winners would be the first to break the magical two-hour barrier. Still, Kipchoge was able to finish ahead of his 2018 Berlin time of 2:01:39 despite experiencing some slowdown.
In addition to Danish Elahi and Ali Khurshid, both of whom competed in the 35-year-old age group, Pakistani athletes Faysal Shafi, Salman Khan, and Nausherwan competed in the 40-year-old age group. After completing the race in Pakistan in 3 hours, 6 minutes, and 7 seconds, Faysal Shafi was invited to run in the Boston Marathon in 2024.
“I am African and in Africa, we believe you chase one rabbit at a time,” a smiling Kipchoge said.
“So the rabbit we chased as a team was the Berlin Marathon 2022.”