Published On: Sun, Sep 25th, 2016

Kipsang Kool on Marathon Eve.

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Berlin was tranquil on the eve of the BMW Berlin Marathon set for Sunday the 25th of September 2016. Typical of a calm before the storm; barely 12 hours on the World’s most decorated event of the World Majors.

Sunday’s event has been dubbed a 2-horse race, there’s a keen anticipation for a duel between Wilson Kipsang of Kenya and Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele; both reputable athletes with enviable backgrounds.

Kipsang arrives in town having broken the world record here with a time of 2:03:23 in 2013, while Bekele has won three Olympic long distance titles and is one of the best runners of all time.

However a fair pointer suggests that NOT to be ignored, -away from this pair- are seven athletes who have run 2:06 or faster.

Maintaining Berlin’s traditional popularity among both Elite and mass runners, 41, 283 runners from 122 countries have entered the 43rd edition of the race, which begins at 09.15 on the Avenue of June 17.

The BMW BERLIN-MARATHON is part of the Abbot World Marathon Majors and an IAAF Gold Label Race, the highest category of a road race awarded by the world governing body of athletics.

Speaking to reporters on Saturday morning, Kipsang was quoted; “I’ve trained well and three years down the line from my World record here, I feel good and believe I have the potential. I am aware, running at the top level, there is a lot of wear and tear on the body, especially when you are running for a time, but I am focused on the World record.”  Kipsang makes his second appearance at the Berlin Marathon.. Kipsang added that his race in 2013 was the best of his career and that he has great memories of it.  Kipsang went on to have a great spell in 2014; winning in London and New York, but is without a marathon win since.

 

Kenenisa Bekele, is in the opinion of many, the best track and cross country runner of all time.  He has won three Olympic titles and five World Championships’ Golds and is the world record holder over 5 and 10,000m, set 12 and 11 years ago respectively.

Wheelchair Series

An innovation this year is the introduction of the wheelchair series in the Abbot World  Marathon Majors (Abbott WMM) which follows the same format for the runners.

The athletes win points from their finishing positions in the six Abbott WMM events as well – depending on the year – from the IPC World Championships and the Paralympic games.  The series made its debut on April 18, 2016 at the Boston Marathon and will end there I 2017.

The male and female winners for the series will each earn $50,000.

 

 

 

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