By Matt Jones
Dennis Kimetto and Tirfi Tsegaye were the winners in the men’s and women’s races at the Berlin Marathon, respectively.
Over 40,000 competitors took part in the race, which was run in crystal clear conditions, but all eyes were at the front of the pack to see how the elite athletes would fare around this notoriously quick course. It’s for that reason the run in Germany is one of the most hotly anticipated on the distance running calendar and those spectators will have been far from disappointed by the standard of running on show.
Once again there was some blistering pace; Kimetto’s magnificent winning time of two hours, two minutes, 57 seconds is a new world record, as noted here by Pace Per Mile:
t was the fifth time in eight years that the world record has gone in Berlin, as the spectators roared Kimetto under the coveted 2:03:00 mark. Even Emmanuel Mutai—the man who finished in second place—was under Wilson Kipsang’s previous benchmark of 2:03:23. AberaKuma took third in 2:05:56.
Tsegaye won the women’s race after a long battle with Feyse Tadese, who finished in second place. The United States’ Shalane Flanagan finished up in third spot.
Here are the results from a fine day of marathon racing in Berlin:
|3.||Shalane Flanagan||United States||02:21:14|
With world records falling freely in recent years at this particular race, there was no surprise that there were plenty of runners looking to put themselves in the frame for the title here.
In the men’s race, it was apparent from the start that there were a host of competitors well primed for a tilt at the title, as noted by the official Berlin Marathon Twitter account: