Berlin, Germany - The 38th BMW Berlin Marathon lived up to all expectations, with the seventh world record in 13 years, this time for defending champion Patrick Makau of Kenya, who first broke Haile Gebreselassie, then took the Ethiopian legend’s world record with 2:03:38*.
Such was the damage done behind him when Makau streaked away after 27 kilometres, that one of the pacemakers, also a Kenyan, Stephen Chemlani hung in and finished second, in 2:07:55, with another Kenyan, Edwin Kimaiyo third in 2:09:50 at this IAAF Gold Label Road Race.
Gebrselassie, who stopped in discomfort when Makau surged away, recommenced and briefly reclaimed second place, but eventually dropped out after the 35 kilometre point.
There was another Kenyan success in the women’s race. Florence Kiplagat, the 2009 World Cross Country champion, who had dropped out of her only previous Marathon, in New York last autumn, was never headed.
World record holder Paul Radcliffe, returning from childbirth and a barren two years competitively, stayed with Kiplagat for 12 kilometres, before gradually dropping away. Kiplagat won by almost as big a margin as Makau, with her 2:19:44. Radliffe was passed by the steady starting local hero, Irina Mikitenko at 33 kilometers, and the German went on the take second in 2:22:18, with Radcliffe a creditable third in 2:23:46.