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Edna Kiplagat will make history at the 2018 Berlin Marathon

Upon finishing the Berlin Marathon in September, Edna Kiplagat will become the first-ever elite able-bodied woman to finish all six world majors

Edna Kiplagat
2013 Berlin Marathon
The Brandenburg Gate near the finish of the Berlin Marathon. Photo: Frank Stebner

Edna Kiplagat, upon finishing the Berlin Marathon in September, will become the first-ever elite able-bodied woman to finish all six world major marathons. 

A person who has finished all six of the world majors is known as a six star finisher. The world majors include: Tokyo, Chicago, New York, Berlin, Boston and London. 

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Kiplagat has had an incredible marathon career. She won the New York City marathon in 2010, the London Marathon in 2014, and Boston in 2017. She was runner-up at Chicago three years in a row, and at London in 2016. To round it all off, she placed third at Tokyo in 2016. If Kiplagat can manage to come top three in Berlin, she will also be the only able-bodied woman to podium at all six of the world majors. 

Kiplagat will face tough competition in Berlin. Reigning Chicago champion, Tirunesh Dibaba, is making her Berlin debut this fall. Last year Dibaba gaped second place in Chicago by the 35K mark, winning the race handily. 

Dibaba has also won three consecutive Olympic gold medals and five World Championship medals. 

Rounding out the women’s elite field is Berlin Marathon defending champion, Gladys Cherono. Cherono has a personal best of 2:19.25 and also won Berlin in 2015. 

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On the men’s side in Berlin, Eliud Kipchoge will return to the race. He announced earlier in the summer that he planned on returning to the event, and assured fans and competitors that all of his preparation was geared toward the marathon in Berlin. 


Berlin is touted as one of the fastest marathon courses in the world, and it is where Dennis Kipruto Kimetto of Kenya set the current world record of 2:02.57 in 2014. 

Other notable entries for the men’s race are former marathon world record holder Wilson Kipsang and current half-marathon world record holder Zersenay Tadese

The Berlin Marathon goes Sunday September 16th.