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real,- BERLIN-MARATHON: Makau and Kebede battle the rain to take World Marathon Majors race

Patrick Makau (Kenya) and Aberu Kebede (Ethiopia) had to battle the

elements before taking victory at the real,- BERLIN-MARATHON. They were

rewarded with 25 points each in the World Marathon Majors (WMM) series.

Since both of them collected their first WMM points in their careers

they have no significant impact on the current 2009-2010 series. This

one will most likely be decided at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon,

which takes place on 10th October. The ING New York City Marathon on 7th November will then be the final event of the 2009-2010 series.

So often in the past running conditions had been ideal at

the real,- BERLIN-MARATHON. But Sunday appeared to be the opposite with

steady and partly heavy rain, a slight wind and a cool starting

temperature of 12° Celsius. In what were the worst conditions for more

than 20 years during a real,- BERLIN-MARATHON Patrick Makau still

achieved a remarkable time of 2:05:08, winning by just two seconds from

his fellow-countryman Geoffrey Mutai. Ethiopia’s Bazu Worku was third

with 2:05:25. Mutai and Worku also collected their first WMM points (15

and 10 points). It was the first time that three runners clocked sub

2:06 times in the history of the real,- BERLIN-MARATHON.

In the women’s race Aberu Kebede won in 2:23:58. She was

exactly a minute ahead of fellow-Ethiopian Bezunesh Bekele (2:24:58)

while Japan’s Tomo Morimoto took third (2:26:10). Kebede and Bekele are

now in a joint fifth place in the 2009-2010 WMM series with 25 points,

but leader Liliya Shobukhova (Russia) has already collected 60.

The following athletes have collected WMM points at

real,- BERLIN-MARATHON this Sunday (points counting for 2009-2010 and

2010-2011 series):

 

Men:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Patrick Makau

 

KEN

 

25 points

 

02:05:08

 

2. Geoffrey Mutai

 

KEN

 

15

 

02:05:10

 

3. Bazu Worku

 

ETH

 

10

 

02:05:25

 

4. Yemane Tsegay

 

ETH

 

5

 

02:07:52

 

5. Eliud Kiptanui

 

KEN

 

1

 

02:08:05

 

 

 

Women:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Aberu Kebede

 

ETH

 

25 points

 

02:23:58

 

2. Bezunesh Bekele

 

ETH

 

15

 

02:24:58

 

3. Tomo Morimoto

 

JPN

 

10

 

02:26:10

 

4. Sabrina Mockenhaupt

 

GER

 

5

 

02:26:21

 

5. Olena Burkovska

 

UKR

 

1

 

02:28:31


The current standings in the 2009-2010 WMM series:


 

Men

 

1

 

Tsegaye Kebede

 

ETH

 

50 points

 

2

 

Samuel Wanjiru

 

KEN

 

50

 

3

 

Deriba Merga

 

ETH

 

35

 

4

 

Emmanuel Mutai

 

KEN

 

35

 

5

 

Jaouad Gharib

 

MAR

 

30

 
 

Women

 

1

 

Liliya Shobukhova

 

RUS 

 

60 points

 

2

 

Irina Mikitenko

 

GER

 

40

 

3

 

Salina Kosgei

 

KEN

 

36

 

4

 

Teyba Erkesso

 

ETH

 

30

 

5

 

Bezunesh Bekele

 

ETH

 

25

 

 

 

Atsede Habtamu

 

ETH

 

25

 

 

 

Aberu Kebede

 

ETH

 

25

 

 

 

Derartu Tulu

 

ETH

 

25

 

 

 

Bai Xue

 

CHN

 

25


Full standings for the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 WMM

series as well as further information about the WMM and participating

athletes are available from: www.worldmarathonmajors.com

You may listen to a podcast interview from Andy Edwards with the real,- BERLIN-MARATHON winner Patrick Makau here:

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Download the interview (MP3, 4.3 MB)

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