Following the real, Berlin marathon from my home in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin was,
a bit frustrating this year. Universal sports did not cover the race this year, so I tried
to rely on German tv, which did not work. As we were able to update our twittter
followers with updates the entire race, a follower in Seoul, Korea helped us with a
link to Eurosports, where we watched what the rest of Europe saw: very little, due to
the rain, and overcast skies.
In that 52 degree weather, with rain, and little wind, two great races developed on the
fast course. Patrick Makau, who has won all five of his previous races in Berlin, did it
again, winning over Geoffrey Mutai by two seconds! Makau is the fastest marathon of
the year from Rotterdam, now his race in Berlin, was the fourth best performance of the
real, Berlin has opened the fall marathon season! Let’s see what happens at the Bank of
America Chicago and ING New York over the next month!
Mutai, when he won a rainswept 37th edition of the real_Berlin Marathon on
Sunday morning, in 2.05.08, two seconds ahead of Mutai, with 20 year old
Ethiopian Bazu Worku third, in 2.05.25.
finished in the same order at Rotterdam in April, in 2.04.48 and 2.04.55
respectively. As for Worku, just ten days past his 20th birthday, he adds a
personal best, in adverse conditions, to being the fastest 18 year old in
history, when he finished second in Paris 2009, in 2.06.15.
fastest times ever, on what is generally considered the world’s fastest
though the leading contenders made a brave attempt to stay on pace, the chances
of a seventh world record in 13 years in the German capital evaporated as the
rain which had been falling steadily throughout the previous 12 hours increased
as the race progressed on Sunday morning.
with little or no wind, and only a gentle rain at the start, hopes were still
high that a new record might materialise. But after 15k in 44.10, which was
right on pace for Haile Gebrselassie’s 2.03.39WR here two years ago, the tempo
dropped, and a group of eight, including all the pre-race favourites, went
through the ‘half’ in 62.37.
His opponents must have been paying attention, because as if on cue, at that
point Worku and Mutai eased away from the pack and pacers, with Makau in close
attendance. And so it remained for the next eight kilometres, with first Worku,
then the Kenyan tandem leading the way.
success became apparent a half kilometre later, when he steamed past Worku, who
had re-assumed the lead, and took his colleague Mutai away from the young
The pair ran abreast through the Brandenburg Gate, with a final 400 metres to
contest. Yet any thoughts that Mutai’s 27.27.59 10,000 metres at altitude two
months ago might have sharpened his finishing speed were dissipated when Makau
went away so comfortably in the final 200 metres that he was able to raise an
arm in victory while still 20 metres from the line.
making it much harder than Rotterdam. “The big difference,” said Makau, “was
that there was some wind in Rotterdam, but it was only on one part of the
course. Here, it was raining all through the race. My clothes were wet, my shoes
were wet. This was much harder than Rotterdam”.
need many things. To drop back some metres, and catch up again is usually very
difficult, but it was one of my tactics”.
Raila Odinga, whose big bear hug for Makau and Mutai can only increase his own
popularity, following a recent opinion poll which already puts him ahead in the
race for the Kenyan presidency in two years time.
residence, but Mutai was overjoyed to meet Odinga. “I can’t meet him
face-to-face in Kenya, it’s difficult to meet people like him, but it was a
dream to run well, and then meet the Prime Minister”.
incentive to dominate their opponents. With another colleague, Genet Getaneh,
they brooked no argument right from the start, taking off together, and building
up a minute lead by halfway.
kilometres. She had doubled that by the finish, and when Getaneh dropped out at
35k, she left pre-race favourite Bezunesh in, well, no-woman’s land, a minute
back of the eventual winner, and a minute ahead of her pursuers.
second half almost a minute faster than the first, and winning in 2.23.58,
exactly a minute ahead of Bezunesh. Tomo Morimoto of Japan won the race for
third, in 2.26.10, with Sabrina Mockenhaupt of Germany taking one second off her
personal best with fourth place in 2.26.21.
30,000 euro bonus each for running sub-2.06. The top three women won 40,000,
20,000 and 15,000 respectively, with time bonuses of 15,000 for Kebede, 7,500
for Bekele, and 2500 each for Morimoto and Mockenhaupt.
also including Boston and London in Spring, with Chicago and New York to come.
1 Patrick MAKAU KEN 2.05.08
MUTAI KEN 2.05.10
WORKU ETH 2.05.25
TSEGAY ETH 2.07.52
KIPTANUI KEN 2.08.05
KIPYEGO KEN 2.08.50
ABRAHAM ETH 2.09.24
YEGON KEN 2.10.34
10 Ser-Od BAT-OCHIR MGL 2.12.42
1 Aberu KEBEDE ETH 2.23.58
BEKELE ETH 2.24.58
MORIMOTO JAP 2.26.10
4 Sabrina MOCKENHAUPT/GER/2.26.21
5 Olena BURKOWSKA UKR 2.28.31
PERTEA ROM 2.30.15
7 Adriana DA
MAXWELL SAF 2.32.33
STUBLIC CRO 2.33.42