Monday, September 26, 2011

Patrick Makau runs WR at 38th Berlin Marathon

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.



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