Pro Cam brings in the experience of International Marathon , talking about the Berlin Marathon in September 2017.
RIO OLYMPIC CHAMPION ELIUD KIPCHOGE CROWNED WINNER OF THE BMW BERLIN MARATHON, 2017
The BMW, Berlin Marathon, held on the 24th of September 2017, had been billed as the clash of the titans… The elite start list comprised some of the best distance runners and boasted of names like the reigning Olympic champion Eliud Kpichoge, the current world record holder Dennis Kimmeto, triple Olympic track champion Kenenisa Bekele and the former World Record holder Wilson Kipsang with all 4 targeting the 02:02:57 record. Going by the Berlin Marathon’s reputation as being the course where records are broken and new champions are crowned, the race promised to be a stunner and did indeed!
Fresh off his 02:00:25 Breaking-2 race at Monza, Italy earlier this year, Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge was certainly the favourite and didn’t disappoint with a blistering race, that saw win in a stunning 02:03:32, missing the record by a whisker… But in what turned out to be a twist in the tale, it were none of the pre – race favourites, but a young Ethiopian on his marathon debut, Guye Adola, that took the fight to Kipchoge and finished second in 02:03:46. A spell of heavy rain at around the 8 km mark did not ruin the chances of a record but had certainly made the conditions tougher as pointed out by Kipchoge in the winner’s interview where he said that he was “happy to win under such conditions.”
In the women’s race Gladys Cherono of Kenya breasted the tape in 02:20:23 to regain the title she had won in 2015. What would also be interesting to know, is that the top 3 podium finishers among the men, Kipchoge, Guye Adola and Mosinet Geremew of Ethiopia have all been past winners at the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon with Kipchoge winning the race last November and Guye Adola taking the crown in 2014 with his course record setting time of 00:59:06.