MORE BERLIN MARATHON NEWS
BERLIN (GER): With the Berlin Marathon win, Wilson Kipsang now moves to 2nd place with 61 points on the current WMM Series table, but cannot become Champion without racing in Chicago or New York to try to gain more points, which is highly unlikely. Although Sharon Cherop now moves to equal second place in the current WMM Series standings with 50 points, tied with Priscah Jeptoo, it does not materially impact the 2012-2013 World Marathon Majors Series for Women, as Cherop is unlikely to double back to race again in either Chicago or New York. The Men’s chase to be the 2012-2013 World Marathon Majors’ Series Champion seems to be coming down to 2012 Olympic Champion and 2013 IAAF World Champion Stephen Kiprotich (Uganda), and the current WMM Series points leader on 65 points, Tsegaye Kebede (Ethiopia). Both athletes will race in the ING New York City Marathon on November 3rd. With the four best races to count in points scoring for any athlete, the various scenarios are intriguing. Depending what happens with Rita Jeptoo in Chicago, the WMM Women’s race is most likely down to two main contenders: the 2013 Virgin London Marathon Champion Priscah Jeptoo will face Edna Kiplagat (Kenya) for a showdown for the WMM Series title at the ING New York City Marathon on November 3rd.
BERLIN (GER): Ken Nakamura points some stats after the Berlin Marathon. Top 10 performance average for Berlin Marathon is now 2:04:18 the best overall and 30 seconds faster than the second best average of 2:04:48 by Dubai Marathon. Wilson Kipsang became the first to run sub-2:04 twice and the first to run sub-2:05 four times. Eliud Kipchoge ran fastest marathon for 28 years old and best second place ever. Wilson Kipsang’s top 5 performance average is now 2:04:36, second only to Geoffrey Mutai’s top 5 average of 2:04:30. 43:45 at 15 km in Berlin marathon is faster than WR 15 km split (43:52). The fastest ever 15 km split is 43:12 by Sam Wanjiru in 2009 London. KipsangÂ´s 10 km splits were: 29:17, 29:02, 29:42 and 29:11. His halves 1:01:32 and 1:01:51.
BERLIN (GER): German Police have launched an investigation into the trespassing incident at the end of the Berlin Marathon, reportshandelsblatt.com. A man, who was apparently wearing a race number, ran across the finish line ahead of the race winner Wilson Kipsang. The police have taken the identity of the man and will now deal with the situation. The Berlin finish line had increased security this year due to the Boston marathon bombings. Sadly, Kipsang’s finish on a sunny and crisp day in the German capital was marred by a man who emerged from the side of the course inside of the final ten meters, and jogged through the tape ahead of Kipsang. The man wore a yellow shirt promoting a prostitution service and wore bib number F7527.
BERLIN (GER): The World record of Wilson Kipsang is also first senior world record in an championships event in 2013. It looked like 2013 will be the first year ever without a senior world record in championship event but now Kipsang saved the situation, although track world record is still highly unlikely this year.
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