<p">Around 10,500 participants and a high
class elite field will participate in the Run Berlin on Sunday. The main race is the
traditional 25 k of Berlin with its finish in the Olympic
Stadium. Kenya’s Paul Kosgei had won this race in a
world record time of 1:12:45 hours two years ago. The record still
stands since Haile Gebrselassie’s recent mark is not ratified and there are
doubts that the time will be approved.
For the first
time since 1990 the traditional Berlin race has a five figure number of
participants on Sunday. It is organised by the Berlin Athletics Federation.
While there are a number of events most of the athletes will run the 25 k race
and once more world class performances can be expected. For the Kenyans it could
get hard to continue their win streaks. Five times in a row the winner of the 25
k of Berlin came from Kenya.
competition will come from Kedir Burka. He is one of four Ethiopians running on
Sunday. So far no Ethiopian was able to win the 25 k of Berlin – in the men’s race they have not even
achieved a place in the top three in the last 25 editions. Kedir Burka is
internationally unknown but is said to have shown some promising potential in
Ethiopia. Elijah Sang is among the favourites
from Kenyan. He has shown last weekend that he is in fine form, when he placed
second at a 10 k race in Würzburg. Clocking 28:10 he was narrowly beaten. Ben
Kimwole is another Kenyan to watch on Sunday. He placed third in Würzburg with
28:12 and had been third as well earlier in the season at the City Pier City half marathon, clocking 61:34 minutes.
In the women’s race a runner comes to
Berlin who is trying to accomplish a unique
success in the history of the 25 k of Berlin. Magdaline Chemjor already won the
race twice. The Kenyan triumphed in 2001 and 2002. No woman ever before has
achieved a third victory at the 25 k of Berlin. After giving birth last year
Magdaline Chemjor came back to road racing this season.
<p">Kenya’s women runners will try to continue
their Berlin winning streak as well. Like the men
they won every edition of the 25 k of Berlin since 2001. Last year Rose Cheruiyot
won in a fast 1:24:46 hours. But here an Ethiopian could
play a major role for the first time as well: Asale Tafa will run on Sunday. She
finished third in 2:28:27 hours at last year’s Berlin-Marathon. „Maybe it is
possible to break the women’s course record this year,“ said top athletes
director Christoph Kopp. In 1999 Kenya’s Susan Chepkemei set the current
course record of 1:24:29 hours.
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