Why Berlin Marathon Is a Must Watch

It’s just a few months down after we watched #Breaking2, now this Sunday there is something special.

Berlin Marathon would seem to be one such moment when the world’s fastest marathoners head to Germany to try and break Dennis Kimetto’s marathon world record of 2:02:57, which was set on the same course just three years ago. 

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The best marathoner ever Eliud Kipchoge versus the best track runner ever Kenenisa Bekele versus the former world record holder with five Marathon Major wins to his name, Wilson Kipsang—competing on the world’s fastest course. It’s Kenya versus Ethiopia.

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But for the athletes to lower the world record, the three will rely on pacemakers who will make sure they run a programmed time in order to lower the current record of 2hours, 02.57 minutes currently held by Dennis Kimetto.

Kipsang

Berlin has been the home to the last six men’s marathon world records and in an attempt to add a seventh record, organizers managed to successfully recruit the past three champions for what may be the biggest 26.2-mile showdown in history.

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In the women’s category,  Three of the five runners come from Ethiopia, two from Kenya. The world champion will be led by Kenyan Gladys Cherono, Berlin’s winner of 2015.

She won the world-class time of 2:19:25 hours and came up to 13 seconds to the now twelve-year-old track record of the Japanese Mizuki Noguchi (2 : 19: 12). 

The Ethiopian co-favorites are Amane Beriso (second in Dubai 2016 in 2:20:48), Gulume Tollesa (winner in Frankfurt 2015 with 2:23:12) and Ruti Aga (third in Berlin 2016 with 2:24:41) as well as the Kenyan Valary Aiyabei (winner in Prague 2017 in 2:21:57), who want to take part in the front.

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Eric Njiru

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