2018 BMW BERLIN-MARATHON: Fast Times and Intense Competition anticipated with Kipchoge, Kipsang, Dibaba and Cherono to race in Berlin

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KipsangLedsKipchoge1-Berlin13.JPGWilson Kipsang leads Eliud Kipchoge, September 2013, photo by Photorun.net

The BMW BERLIN-MARATHON has an incredible cast of real characters who would love to foil Eliud Kipchoge or Tirunesh Dibaba and their dreams of setting a World record on the fast Berlin course. Can anyone stop them, well, we have less than 3 days to wait yet!

News Release - BMW BERLIN-MARATHON on Sunday:

Fast Times and Intense Competition anticipated

with Kipchoge, Kipsang, Dibaba and Cherono to race in Berlin

The latest in the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON'S history of thrilling contests and fast performances is eagerly awaited as the Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge returns to defend his title against the former world record holder Wilson Kipsang on Sunday.

The great Kenyan duo have met on two previous occasions here with the match score currently tied at 1-1. Eliud Kipchoge as last year's winner is expected to be attacking his personal best of 2:03:05 which would mean running at world record tempo, given that Kipchoge's best is only eight seconds slower than the current world record. This was set four years ago in Berlin by his fellow Kenyan Dennis Kimetto with his time of 2:02:57. Wilson Kipsang broke the previous world record to win the 2013 Berlin title with 2:03:23, beating Eliud Kipchoge into the bargain

Tirunesh Dibaba, arguably the greatest female distance runner in history, will be making her debut at the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON. The key factor in her choice of race venue is Berlin's well proven ability to offer a platform for super-fast performances. If conditions are favourable, the Ethiopian might well attack the world record, set by Britain's Paula Radcliffe in 2002 with 2:15:25 in London. Dibaba is Ethiopia's national record holder with 2:17:56 which is a big margin to make up, yet she has the pedigree of three Olympic golds in long distance track events to make any challenge credible. Last year's women's champion Gladys Cherono and her fellow Kenyan, the double World Marathon champion Edna Kiplagat, are likely to be Dibaba's most dangerous rivals

The BMW BERLIN-MARATHON is one of the events in the Abbott World Marathon Majors. Berlin marks the start of Series XII which will finish a year from now. Further information about the Abbott World Marathon Majors is available at: www.worldmarathonmajors.com

The top 12 contenders and PBs

MEN

Eliud Kipchoge KEN 2:03:05

Wilson Kipsang KEN 2:03:13

Eliud Kiptanui KEN 2:05:21

Amos Kipruto KEN 2:05:43

Abera Kuma ETH 2:05:50

Arata Fujiwara JPN 2:07:48

Yuki Sato JPN 2:08:58

Daisuke Uekado JPN 2:09:27

Kohei Ogino JPN 2:09:36

Kenta Murayama JPN 2:09:50

Daichi Kamino JPN 2:10:18

Zersenay Tadese ERI 2:10:41

WOMEN

Tirunesh Dibaba ETH 2:17:56

Gladys Cherono KEN 2:19:25

Aselefech Mergia ETH 2:19:31

Edna Kiplagat KEN 2:19:50

Ruti Aga ETH 2:20:41

Mizuki Matsuda JPN 2:22:44

Rei Ohara JPN 2:23:20

Honami Maeda JPN 2:23:48

Andrea Deelstra NED 2:26:46

Inés Melchor PER 2:26:48

Carla Rocha POR 2:27:08

Caterina Ribeiro POR 2:30:10

Race Statistics

44,389 Runners

5,258 Inline Skaters

180 Handbikers

63 Wheelchair athletes

49,890 Marathon entries (total) from 133 nations

Polar is the new Timing Partner for the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON

We are welcoming Polar as the new official timing partner. Lars Adloff, Country Manager Polar Deutschland explains: „The BMW BERLIN-MARATHON is one of the largest, most well-known and greatest sports events in Germany, with a very strong international radiance. It is therefore the perfect opportunity to showcase our newest range of solutions which consist of an ecosystem of wearables, apps and cloud-services." Christian Jost, Managing Director of SCC EVENTS, is enthusiastic about the commitment by the innovator of sports technology: "With Polar, the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON gains a trusted performance partner well-known by accuracy, reliability and superior experience. In our view, this is a promising combination. We are looking forward to the cooperation."

Media schedule

Press Conferences, media office and media centre are situated in the

Hotel InterContinental

Budapester Str. 2, 10787 Berlin

Thursday, 13 September, Press conference

10 am, Inline Skating

Felix Rijhnen, GER Gary Hekman, NED

Followed by (approx. 11 am)

Subject: Elite Women

Present: Tirunesh Dibaba ETH, Edna Kiplagat KEN, Gladys Cherono KEN

Thursday, 13 September, Photo call

Presentation new members Hall of Fame: winners of the first BERLIN-MARATHON 1974 (Jutta von Haase and Günter Hallas)

Hall of Fame, Brandenburg Gate

Friday, 14 September, Press conference

10 am

Elite Wheelchair and Handbiker Competitors: Marcel Hug SUI, Manuela Schär SUI, Tatyana McFadden USA, Vico Merklein GER

11 am

Presentation of the Elite-Running-Team BERLIN

Elite Men: Eliud Kipchoge KEN, Wilson Kipsang KEN, Zersenay Tadese ERI

Friday, September 14, 5:30 pm, Photo call

Start of the Abbott World Marathon Majors Series XII

With: Eliud Kipchoge, Edna Kiplagat (both Kenia), Marcel Hug und Manuela Schär (both Switzerland), Tim Hadzima (AbbottWMM), Gerald Asamoah, Mark Milde

Friday, September 14, 6:30 pm, Photo call

Meet the stars

Presentation of the Elite runners. With: Eliud Kipchoge, Wilson Kipsang, Zersenay Tadese, Tirunesh Dibaba, Edna Kiplagat und Gladys Cherono. In Addition: Presentation of a new Hall of Fame member: Ronaldo Da Costa (Winner 1998 BERLIN-MARATHON and former WR holder). Selected Guinness World Records applicants with costumes will be presented too.

Hall of Fame, Brandenburg Gate

Saturday, September 15, 9.30 am

GENERALI BREAKFAST RUN at the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON 2018

Approximately 11,000 runners will start at 9:30 am from the Schloss Charlottenburg towards the Olympiastadion.

Saturday, September 15, 3.10 pm

mini-MARATHON for pupils

4.2195 km, Start: Potsdamer Straße, Finish: Straße des 17. Juni

Largest school kids run in Germany 10,000 runners (30th edition)

Saturday, September 15, 3.30 pm

BMW BERLIN-MARATHON Inline Skating

Start: Straße des 17. Juni

Largest Inline Skating marathon in the world

Saturday, September 15, 3.30 pm, Press conference

Winners of the 2018 BMW BERLIN-MARATHON Inline Skating

Sunday, September 16, from 8.45 am

45th BMW BERLIN-MARATHON

Various starts

Sunday, September 16, 12.30 pm, Press conference

Winners of the 2018 BMW BERLIN-MARATHON

Running

Wheelchair athletes

Handbikers

Online Media accreditation

Application was possible until 31st August. Please note that in case of a later accreditation we can not make all requests regarding the access areas possible.

The accreditation entitles you to enter certain areas of the event grounds within the framework of your reporting and research at the BERLIN VITAL fair and the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON.Appropriately credentialed media is allowed to attend all press conferences and use the media center's facilities during operating hours. We provide a comfortable, full-service indoor location including workspace, wifi and power stations. It is fully staffed by SCC EVENTS media representatives. Race-Day services include large-format direct feeds of the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON broadcast, real-time race updates, split and finish times printouts and the post-race press conference.

Media Guide Online

The Media Guide of the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON contains info and statistics including portraits of elite runners.

About the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON

The BMW BERLIN-MARATHON is part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors (AWMM), the group of six leading marathons in the world which was founded in 2006. They comprise Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago and New York. The winners and leading finishers at the six AWMM races earn points according to their positions which culminate in an overall men's and women's winner at the end of a one-year-cycle.

The prize money for the winners amounts to US$ 250,000 each. Since 2016 the series has also included wheelchair athletes. An age group category for mass runners has now been added with a points system to decide men's and women's winners. Series XII begins with the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON 2018 and will end with the Berlin race in 2019. Further information about the scoring system for elite and mass competitors can be found at: www.worldmarathonmajors.com

About Polar

For over 40 years, Polar has been the innovator of sports technology, helping athletes and coaches achieve peak performance. Polar began with heart rate monitoring, but has since expanded into multiple training solutions for elite athletes, coaches and active fitness enthusiasts. Polar's award-winning product range includes pioneering sports wearables that work elegantly with Polar training apps and cloud services. Headquartered in Finland, Polar is a privately held company that operates in more than 80 countries. Polar products are sold through over 35,000 retailers globally. For more information, please visit polar.com.

More information is available online at: www.berlin-marathon.com

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