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Vivian Cheruiyot to run Berlin Marathon for the first time

The Kenyan will face three-time winner Gladys Cherono and 2016 Olympic bronze medallist Mare Dibaba

Vivian Cheruiyot

Vivian Cheruiyot, winner of the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon, will race this year’s Berlin Marathon on September 29 for the first time. Cheruiyot will face defending champion, three-time winner and fellow Kenyan Gladys Cherono and 2016 Olympic bronze medallist and 2015 world champion in the marathon, Mare Dibaba of Ethiopia.

Cheruiyot finished second at New York in 2018, and second again in London in April behind countrywoman Brigid Kosgei, reversing their 2018 finishing positions. Her personal best and Cherono’s (who was fourth in London this year) are very close, at 2:18:31 and 2:18:11. Cherono is 36, and Cheruiyot will turn 36 just before Berlin.

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Considering both Rio gold medallist Jemima Sumgong and silver medallist Eunice Kirwa are now serving doping suspensions,  Dibaba could realistically be considered the Olympic gold medallist (though neither Sumgong nor Kirwa has been relieved of their medals). Her PB, 2:19:52, is from Dubai 2012, but at 29 she is somewhat younger than her competitors.

Dibaba is not related to sisters Tirunesh and Genzebe Dibaba.