Cherono winning the Berlin Marathon.

One of the world’s fastest marathons is running this Sunday morning. While the 3:00 a.m. EDT wake-up call isn’t all that appealing, potentially seeing both marathon world records fall makes it worth it.

CBC and CBCSports.ca will be live streaming the event on Sunday. 

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Defending and Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge, 33, will be gunning for a personal best, which would be very close to Dennis Kimettos world record (2:02:57, set here in 2014), against former world record-holder and fellow Kenyan Wilson Kipsang, 36. 

Here’s a partial history of the rivalry between Kipchoge and Kipsang:

2013: Kipchoge wins his marathon debut in Hamburg, running 2:05:30. Kipchoge finishes second to Kipsang at the Berlin Marathon a few months later, with Kipsang setting a world record in 2:03:23

2014: Dennis Kimetto wins Berlin, sets new world record (2:02:57)

2015: Kipchoge wins Berlin in 2:04

2016: Kipchoge wins London, sets PB of 2:03:05, only eight seconds off the world record; does not run Berlin that year. Kipsang wins Berlin, sets PB of 2:03:13. Kipchoge wins gold medal at Rio Olympics.

2017: Kipchoge wins Berlin, his eighth straight marathon victory. Kipsang drops out in challenging, wet conditions

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On the women’s side, Tirunesh Dibaba’s agent has reportedly announced Dibaba’s intent to go out just behind world record pace.

In the women’s event, also watch Canadians: Sasha Gollish, Lyndsay Tessier, Rachel Hannah, Catherine Watkins and Rachel Cliff, with Gollish and Cliff, highly accomplished veterans at other distances, racing their first marathons at Berlin this year.

CBC.ca/sports will carry the event live starting at 2:30 a.m. EDT. FloTrack will also stream the event in a number of countries, not including Canada or the U.S.

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