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Richard Sigei and Lucy Kabuu Clock World
Leading Times in Warm Weather in Berlin's 25k Race
Both winners of the BIG 25 Berlin clocked world leading 25 k times this
Sunday despite warm weather conditions. While Kenya's Richard Sigei crossed
the line in the Olympic Stadium in 1:13:34 fellow Kenyan Lucy Kabuu ran
1:21:37. High temperatures during the race made it impossible for the 29
year-old to come closer to the world record she wanted to attack. Mary
Keitany (Kenya) established this mark three years ago in the BIG 25 Berlin
with 1:19:53. But Lucy Kabuu's winning time is still a very good one. It is
the third fastest ever run at this distance. Adding all running events
organiser BERLIN RUNS registered 10,901 athletes in the BIG 25 Berlin.
"It was relatively warm. So the pace of the leading groups dropped in the
middle of the race. But we still saw two very fast races and had a very
good event," said Race Director Gerhard Janetzky.
A fast race developed after the start in front of the Olympic Stadium. In
the final part, which is partly slightly uphill, Richard Sigei broke away
from the leading group and then built a significant lead. Winning the BIG
25 Berlin was the biggest success so far for the 28 year-old. Behind the
Kenyan winner Daniel Chepyegon (Uganda) was second with 1:14:17. Third
placed Jacob Kendagor (Kenya), who had won the Berlin half marathon a month
ago, also clocked a sub 1:15 time (1:14:47).
There was bad luck for Eritrea's Ghirmay Ghebreslassie who intended to
attack the unofficial world junior record of 1:13:17. The 17 year-old was
denied a flight from Amsterdam to Berlin because of a visa problem.
In the women's race Lucy Kabuu ran at her own fast pace. But she could not
get close to the time Mary Keitany - who belongs to the same training group
as Lucy Kabuu - ran in 2010. But with 1:21:37 Kabuu ran the second fastest
time in the history of Germany's oldest big city road race. Kenyans
dominated the women's field, taking the first four places. Agnes Mutune was
second with 1:23:08, followed by Esther Chemtai (1:23:18) and Caroline
Kilel (1:26:14), the Boston Marathon winner from 2011.
In 2014 the next edition of the BIG 25 Berlin will be started on 4th May.
More information is available at: www.berlin-runs.com