In the end it was close. A lot. Kenenisa Bekele won the 46th Berlin Marathon in 02:01:41, but missed the world record. And that for just two seconds. For the women, Ashete Bekere won – an Ethiopian double success.
The victory he has secured – the sensation just missed: veteran Kenenisa Bekele has lagged behind in the 46th Berlin Marathon just two seconds behind the world record time. The 37-year-old Ethiopian needed 02:01:41 hours for the 42.195 kilometers. For him, it is the second victory after 2016 on the course by the German capital and a significant improvement of its own record. This had so far been at 02:03:03 hours.
World record almost cracked
Eliud Kipchoge set the current world record last year – also in Berlin. He put on a sensational race and mastered the track in 2:01:39 minutes. Actually no one had expected that this brand could be attacked this year. But Bekele made it exciting in the final meters. The twelfth world record in the history of the fast capital city course was very close.
Bekele had already passed the half-marathon mark in 1:05:05 hours – much faster than expected. He was still in a quintet. In addition, the Ethiopians Birhanu Legese, Sisay Lemma and Leul Gebreselassie and the Kenyan Jonathan Korir belonged to the group. At first it seemed as if Legese would make the decisive start. He also shook off Bekele. But he came back. And how.
Bekere wins the women
In the women’s marathon race also won an Ethiopian. Ashete Bekere made it 42 kilometers in 2:20:14 hours. Second was her compatriot Mare Dibaba, eight seconds behind. The co-favorite and three-time winner Gladys Cherono from Kenya had to give up prematurely.
Melat Kejeta, who will be starting for Germany, secured herself the Olympia participation 2020 in Tokyo in a strong 2:23:58 hours in her first marathon.
Kipchoge refrains from start – concentration on Vienna
The men had not come to a direct duel between Bekele and last year’s winner Kipchoge. He had renounced the start at the 46th edition. Instead, the Kenyan is preparing for a special run: in the Vienna Prater he wants to crack the magic two-hour mark in mid-October.
“It’s about history and about leaving a legacy in sports, it’s like the first human on the moon.” The experiment starts under laboratory conditions – for example with artificially created slipstream or changing tempo machines. Time is not officially recognized because of these circumstances.
Broadcast: ATHLETEADDA UM6, 29.09.2019, 3PM