Sunday, September 30, 2012

Kenyans shine at 2012 Berlin Marathon

Mutai crosses the finish line ahead of Kimetto at the 2012 Berlin Marathon
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World's fastest Marathon runner Geoffrey Mutai won the 39th edition of the Berlin Marathon on Sunday at the German Capital.  
Mutai finished in a time of 2:04:15 ahead of his training partner and debutant Dennis Kimetto (2:04.16) and compatriot Geoffrey Kipsang (2:06.12) who came in second and third respectively.
Mutai who was focused on breaking the world record, was more than half a minute short of the World Record of 2:03:38 set by Patrick Makau last year.
Breaking the World Record for Mutai was something big for his illustrious career, as it would have given him a course record at three of the five World Marathon Majors (Berlin, Boston, and New York), a feat only the late Samuel Wanjiru has rivaled (Wanjiru had the London, Chicago, and Olympic records).
However, Mutai is arguably a marathon great, being the second man from Wanjiru to have three different ‘Majors’ to his name.    
In the Women division, Ethiopia’s Aberu Kebede emerged the victor posting a time of 2:20:30. She was followed by fellow compatriot Tirifi Tsegaye (2:21:19) and Ukraine's Olena Shurhno (2:23:32).

Here are the top 10 results:
1.Geoffrey Mutai (Kenya) 2:04:15
2. Dennis Kimetto (Kenya) 2:04:16
3. Geoffrey Kipsang (Kenya) 2:06:12
4. Nicholas Manza (Kenya) 2:08:28
5. Josphate Keiyo (Kenya) 2:08:41
6. Jonathan Kiplimo Maiyo (Kenya) 2:09:19
7. Eliud Kiptanui (Kenya) 2:09:59
8. Felix Keny (Kenya) 2:10:22
9. Masakazu Fujiwara (Japan) 2:11:31
10. Suehiro Ishikawa (Japan) 2:11:46

1. Aberu Kebede (Ethiopia) 2:20:30
2. Tirfi Tsegaye (Ethiopia) 2:21:19
3. Olena Shurhno (Ukraine) 2:23:32
4. Filomena Chepchirchir (Kenya) 2:24:56
5. Fate Tola (Ethiopia) 2:25:14
6. Alevtina Biktimirova (Russia) 2:28:45
7. Caroline Chepkwony (Kenya) 2:30:34
8. Anna Hahner (Germany) 2:30:37
9. Sonia Samuels (Britain) 2:30:56
10. Degefa Biruktayit (Ethiopia) 2:33:27

1 comment:

  1. WAY TO GO KENYANS!! Great job on making a clean sweep.


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