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Berlin secures the top position

Paul Tergats historical run on September 28, 2003 not only assured a place for

him in the sport history annals, but also for the real,- BERLIN MARATHON. With

now a total of five world records, the real,- BERLIN MARATHON lies at the top

of the ranking of the current city marathon races.

real,- BERLIN-MARATHON5 World records1977, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003
Flora London Marathon4 World records1983, 1985, 2002, 2003
La Salle Banks Chicago Marathon4 World records1984, 1999, 2001, 2002
ING New York City Marathon3 World records1978, 1979, 1980
Fortis Rotterdam Marathon3 World records1985, 1988, 1998
BAA Boston Marathon3 World records1947, 1975, 1983

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The unique atmosphere, the good asphalt, the favourable weather, the flat

and straight course, as well as the professional organisation guarantee that

year after year the top athletes make the trip to Berlin with the goal of

presenting high class running. It speaks even more for Berlin that the top

athletes often choose Berlin over other higher paying marathons in order to

achieve their best performances here.

Not to be forgotten are the world records achieved in Berlin in other

categories (teams of three, debutants, and junior world records) and the world

records in other disciplines, like the 25 km distance, and European records at

the Bewag BERLIN HALF MARATHON, which all prove that Berlin offers runners the

fastest streets in the world.

The well-deserving marathon “runners of the year“ are clearly

the new world record holders Paula Radcliffe (2:15:25 London) from England and

Paul Tergat (2:04:55 Berlin) from Kenya for their sensational achievements.

Extra recognition goes out to the runner-up in Berlin, Sammy Korir, also from

Kenya. After more than 2 hours, he was only one second behind the victorious

Tergat at the finish, while having been responsible for the fast pace over the

previous 40 kilometres. His investment in the real,- BERLIN MARATHON will pay

off for Korir in the future, too, however.

It is doubtful whether the year 2004 will also bring so many records. The

Olympic Games will dominate the planning for the season so greatly that world

records will have to take a back seat. But it will certainly be exciting.

Beginning on January 1, 2004, the IAAF will for the first time recognise

world records for street races, as long as certain criteria are met (the course

may not be shorter than the official course length, start and finish may not

lie more than 21 km apart, and the gradient between the start and finish must

be smaller than 42 metres). Paula Radcliffe and London and Paul Tergat and

Berlin will thus become the first marathons recorded with world record