real, Berlin has proven itself to be a very, very fast course, when the Little Emperor is running it. But now, with Haile gone to ING New York, can Patrick Makau or one of the three men above break the WR set on this course two years ago? Pat Butcher has a theory, real the global runner’s thoughts below!
training – “flat as a pancake, boring” – moaned one colleague when he returned
from an early morning run in the Tiergarten today.
Sunday morning is the one for you.
known Ronaldo da Costa of Brazil broke the decade old world record of Ethiopian
Delayneh Dinsamo, with 2.06.05.
Gebrselassie‘s 2.03.59 two years ago, Berlin is firmly positioned at the top of
the tree for fast courses.
brought the wheel round full circle in reclaiming the record for Ethiopia,
Berlin now moves into its post-Geb phase, a more than welcome move for those who
prefer a competitive race to a solo paced world record assault.
pacemakers – few major races outside championships would dispense with them
nowadays. But with three of the most exciting young marathon talents – Patrick
Makau, Geoffrey Mutai and Eliud Kiptanui – in the field, a great contest is
expected, with more than a possibility that one of that top trio could reclaim
the record for Kenya, whose last luminary to hold it was Paul Tergat, in this
same event in 2003.
including winning the Berlin ‘half’ twice. He established himself as a
marathoner with fourth in the Rotteram race last year, before dropping out of
New York with an injury last Autumn. But he arrived at the head of the pack with
victory in this year’s Rotterdam Marathon, in 2.04.48, the year’s fastest time,
making him the fourth fastest man in history.
the final kilometre. Their trajectories since then could not have been more
different, and it will be intriguing to hear their assessments after the race.
Because while Makau has chosen not to race at all, Mutai has run several races,
including two rapid 10,000 metres on the track, at altitude, the second being a
bronze medal performance at the African Championships in Nairobi, with
born/trained (ie at altitude) athlete, and underlines just why the marathon
world is dominated by Ethiopians and Kenyans.
another Kenyan. The emergence of another potential young world record breaker
from Kenya had almost ceased to be surprise, such is the wealth of talent and
the will to succeed in the country. But Kiptanui’s 2.05.39 in winning the Prague
Marathon in May, a month short of his 21st birthday, was a shock as much for the
time in only his second marathon, and his first outside Kenya, but the fact that
Prague is a very different course to Berlin, with several kilometres of
cobblestones adding to its difficulty.
projected first half in 62 minutes, Makau raising a laugh when he talked about
the half-marathon being “a sprint. But at least when you get tired, the race is
The race only begins at 30k. I’ve prepared well, I feel good. I think I’m
capable of breaking the world record, but so are my friends here,” he said,
indicating Mutai and Kiptanui alongside him.
the runners, especially after the pacemakers drop out. If we can work well
together, there’s no reason we can’t run faster than in Rotterdam”.
celsius temperatures which have reigned over northern Europe this week are due
to disappear in the next two days, with showers and 12-15C projected for Sunday
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