Eliud Kipchoge is the marathon king but Canada’s women also break records at the Berlin Marathon.
Canadian female runners made history of their own at the Berlin Marathon, with two athletes producing personal best performances to break the veteran W45 and W40 national records.
Three years shy of her 50th Birthday, Catherine Watkins ran a personal best of 2:40:11 to break the W45 national record by nine second.
The impressive 47 year-old crossed the line in 22nd place to take over two minutes off her marathon best of 2:42:35 from 2015.
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Today was a good day ! 2:40:11 for a new marathon PB and a pending new Canadian marathon 45+ record. Thanks so much to everyone for all the beautiful messages, I am seriously overwhelmed by the support I’ve received . So far 47 has started out as a good year ! Also a I must say a huge congrats to my @bcendurance team mate @raecliff who seriously slaughtered her marathon debut with a 2:28 something and @lyndsaytessier who ran a killer 2:30 something at the age of 40. Loving this sport right now. Lastly, pretty cool to be part of the race that Eliud Kipchoge broke the world record in . Seriously what a great day ! Finish line attempted sprint photo courtesy of @alnbrookes whose cheering voice was so helpful #flystyle #fasterasamaster #hautevolée #nuunlife #nuunelite #nuunhydration #oisellevolee #voleecanada
Watkins wasn’t the only Canadian veteran female athlete to impress in the German capital.
Lyndsay Tessier, who celebrated her 40th birthday at the beginning of September, ran a six-minute PB of 2:30:47 to finish 12th.
Tessier’s stellar run broke the previous W40 national record by over two minutes.
The 40 year-old finished just behind debutant Rachel Cliff, who crossed the line 2:28:53, less than a minute off the Canadian marathon record.