|Patrick Makau sets WR of 2:03.38 at 2011 BMW Berlin Marathon|
Patrick Makau has crowned the 38th BMW BERLIN MARATHON with a world record. The 26 year-old Kenyan clocked 2:03:38, beating Haile Gebrselassie and improving the record of the Ethiopian by 21 seconds. With a dramatic surge after 27 k defending champion Patrick Makau had dropped Haile Gebrselassie well behind. While the Ethiopian later dropped out after the 35 k mark he lost another world record to Patrick Makau on a miserable day for him: The Kenyan had passed the 30 k mark in 1:27:38, eleven seconds quicker than Haile in 2009. Split times will be officially ratified as world records if times were taken by official referees.
|Irina Mikitenko, Florence Kiplagat and Paula Radcliffe at 2011 BMW Berlin Marathon|
In the women's race Florence Kiplagat stole the show from the two stars, Paula Radcliffe (Great Britain) and Irina Mikitenko (Germany). The 24 year-old Kenyan clocked the second fastest time of the year worldwide, winning with 2:19:44. Irina Mikitenko finished second (2:22:18) and world record holder Paula Radcliffe was third (2:23:46) in her marathon comeback after giving birth. Regarding the depth of the women's elite results this was the best race in the history of the BMW BERLIN MARATHON. Atsede Habtamu (Ethiopia/2:24:25), Tatyana Petrova (Russia/2:25:01) and Anna Incerti (Italy/2:25:32) all were inside 2:26.
|Haile Gebrselassie had breathing difficulties during the run|
The emperor falters, the new emperor makes a breakthrough. However, Gebrselassie is not about to retire, and Radcliffe will rest, reassess and focus on 2012.