Sabrina Mockenhaupt, real, Berlin 2010 press conference, 23.09.10, PhotoRun.net.
Sabrina Mockenhaupt is the top German woman at the real, Berlin marathon this year. As her father has run a 2:24 marathon, her mother a 2;40 marathon, Miki, as she is called, has the world records for father-daughter and mother-daughter, with her 2:25.
Pat Butcher, our globalrunner, and official marathon apologist, will be sending us his thoughts on the real, Berlin marathon, which happens September 26. Yours truly was unable to go this year, but you should see me at Chicago and NYC this fall. (Watch for our twitter Live coverage as I stay up til 3 am and cover the event live on Sunday from the warmth of my sofa in Fort Atkinson, thanks to the wonders of wifi).
Tomo Morimoto, Bezunesh Bekele, Sabrina Mockenhaupt, real, Berlin 2010, photorun.net.
Marathon to be run though the reunified city, shortly after the Wall came down,
in 1990. But, like with her parents going out running in all weathers, she
didn’t quite get it.
of Berlin, but really it was boring watching. I admired the people running, but
I didn’t understand my parents going out in bad weather”.
school, and 20 years after that first visit to what is now the German capital,
Mocki, as she’s known to the national media sets out to emulate Pippig in the
real_Berlin Marathon on Sunday morning, and maybe even better dad’s best of
2.24.59, set in Hamburg(she thinks), back when she was the uncomprehending
could do four hours for the marathon now,” she says – while mother, Hildegard,
“Will probably do about 20k herself, running point to point on the course. She
could probably still do 3.30”.
record, and not to be outdone, Hildegard’s 2.40.41, also in Hamburg (she thinks)
two decades ago, gives them the mother-daughter world record.
even later than she did. “He can run about 33 minutes for 10k, and I’m coaching
him, so that he can pace me in future”. She’ll soon get an angle on that, since
Markus is running his debut marathon in Frankfurt in a month’s time.
on the difficult course in Koln (Cologne), where she is a member of the local
club, although she still lives and trains in her birthplace of Siegen, some 100k
of 31.14.21 for 13th at the Beijing Olympics, “but I think I’ll be concentrating
on the road from now on”.
German Irina Mikitenko a couple of years ago got inflated by the media into a
Miki/Mocki mutual hate campaign, but with Miki’s sub-2.20 and winning the
Marathon Majors’ jackpot last year, Mocki has conceded that at the moment she
isn’t really a contender. The pair have duly made up, with Mocki saying, “To
achieve what Irina has done is really great, and she has given me some good
advice”. Miki duly reciprocated with, “I think Sabrina has got a great talent,
but you need more to succeed at the marathon. If she can apply herself, she can
run much faster”.
Haile Geb’s 2.03.59 two years ago, Mocki acknowledges that, if she’s going to
make a great leap forward, it’s going to be here.
spell it out, but she obviously feels she was press-ganged by the national
federation into running the world champs (on a different course) here in Berlin
last year – she finished 17th in 2.30.07.
in the past, because of all the pressure if you don’t do well. But I think I’m
ready now, I’ll like to go under 2.25”.
that principal opponents, Bezunesh Bekele and Aberu Kebede of Ethiopia and Tomo
Morimoto of Japan have run 2.23.09, 2.24.26 and 2.24.33 respectively.
Berlin, duly repeating the mantra, “I want to run a personal best”.
possible. As a member of the German Army sports team, she attended her final
duties six months ago. After two months fatigues in the forests around Hannover,
she was awarded the gold star – for sharp-shooting!
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