Run over one of the fastest courses in the world, the Berlin Marathon has produced two world records in 1999 and 2001. The later, by Naoko Takahashi in 2001, resulted in the first marathon completed by a woman in less than two hours twenty minutes. Following is a review of the ten fastest winning times:
2:19:12: Mizuki Noguchi (Japan) September 25, 2005
Mizuki Noguchi won the Berlin Marathon in 2005, posting a time of 2:19:12, which is the fastest winning time for women, and the sixth fastest women’s marathon time in history.
2:19:19: Irina Mikitenko (Germany) September 28, 2008
The second fastest winning time, 2:19:19, is held by Irina Mikitenko; it ranks as the seventh fastest women’s marathon time in history.
2:19:41: Yoko Shibui (Japan) September 26, 2004
Yoko Shibui clocked the third fastest winning time, 2:19:41, in 2004, it stood as the course record until Noguchi sped 2:19:12 in 2005. Shibui’s time is the eleventh fastest by a woman.
2:19:46: Naoko Takahashi (Japan) September 30, 2001
The fourth fastest winning time belongs to Naoko Takahashi, whose 2:19:46 marked the first marathon by a woman under 2:20; the time stood as the world record until October 7, 2001, when Catherine Ndereba, of Kenya, clocked 2:18:47 in Chicago. Takahashi’s time ranks as the twelfth fastest by a woman.
2:20:43: Tegla Loroupe (Kenya) September 26, 1999
Tegla Loroupe produced the fifth fastest winning time, 2:20:43, in 1999; the time stood as the world record until 2001, when Takahashi posted 2:19:46. The time remains the seventeenth fastest by a woman.
2:21:34: Gete Wami (Ethiopia) September 24, 2006
The sixth fastest winning time, 2:21:34, by Gete Wami, came in 2006.
2:21:49: Naoko Takahashi (Japan) September 29, 2002
Naoko Takahashi won a second consecutive Berlin Marathon in the seventh fastest winning time, 2:21:49, in 2002.
2:23:17: Gete Wami (Ethiopia) September 30, 2007
The eighth fastest winning time, 2:23:17, belongs to Gete Wami, who produced in winning a second consecutive Berlin Marathon in 2002.
2:23:44: Catherina McKiernan (Ireland) September 28, 1997
Catherina McKiernan won the Berlin Marathon in 1997, clocking then a course record of 2:23:41, which ranks as the ninth fastest winning time.
2:24:46: Atsede Habtamu Besuye (Ethiopia) September 20, 2009
The tenth fastest winning time, 2:24:46, belongs to Atsede Habtamu Besuye from 2009.
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