Former 800-metre specialist Tigst Assefa from Ethiopia has broken the women’s world marathon record in Berlin, Germany, by more than two minutes.
In a dominant performance on Sunday, the 26-year-old runner crossed the finish line in two hours 11 minutes 53 seconds – 131 seconds faster than the previous record.
During the race, Assefa wore Adidas’ new “super shoe” named the “ADIZERO Adios Pro Evo 1”, which is one of the lightest racing shoes ever created.
The single-use “super shoe” costs a whopping £400 (R9 165).
She smashed Kenyan Brigid Kosgei’s time of 2:14:04 set in 2019.
In the men’s race, Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge, the greatest men’s marathon runner of all time, came first in 2:02:42 – more than a minute outside his own world record set in the German capital last year.