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(photo: photorun.net) No doubt about who carried off the top honours in the BMW Berlin-Marathon on Sunday since Ethiopians won the men’s and women’s title. It was, however, a day of disappointment for Kenenisa Bekele by his own superlative standards. Guye Adola won the men’s crown, running 2:05:45 to finish ahead of Kenyan Bethwel Yegon, the latter clocking 2:06:14 at the finish line near the Brandenburg Gate. As for Kenenisa Bekele, his hopes of challenging the world record, set on this same course by his Kenyan rival Eliud Kipchoge in 2018 with 2:01:39, faded in increasingly warm and humid conditions. Ethiopia’s triple Olympic champion finished third in 2:06:47. The best German finisher was Philipp Pflieger who ran 2:15:01 for 16th place.

World Athletics - A feast of top-class road racing will be on offer with the return of the World Athletics Elite Platinum Label marathon series this weekend.

(photo photorun.net) The women’s race at the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON on Sunday is looking increasingly like an attack on the course record. The best time to date was set three years ago when the Kenyan Gladys Cherono ran 2:18:11. Half-a-dozen women will be on the start line who have run under 2:25 and among them is the Ethiopian Hiwot Gebrekidan, the fastest women in the world this year thanks to her personal best of 2:19:35 in winning the Milan title in April. She will be making her debut in the Abbott World Marathon Majors Series of which the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON is a part.

Ethiopia’s long distance superstar Kenenisa Bekele is back: the 39-year-old will be on the start line to defend his title in the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON on Sunday, his fourth appearance in the race. Two years ago he ran through the Brandenburg Gate on his way to another Ethiopian record of 2:01:41, a mere two seconds outside the world record of Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge. Thanks to that performance, he remains the second fastest marathoner of all time and heads Berlin’s elite field for this Sunday. Although he made no concrete mention of a world record attempt at Friday’s press conference, there were signs that he had the target on his mind.

Kenyan running great Mary Keitany announced her retirement on Wednesday (22) after a stellar career which saw her win the London Marathon on three occasions and the New York Marathon four times, as well as triumph at the 2009 World Half Marathon Championships.


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