FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
World Class Men's Field at real,- BERLIN-MARATHON September 26th
After a streak of four wins including two world records by Haile
Gebrselassie (Ethiopia) this year's real,-BERLIN-MARATHON on September
26th is going to be the platform for several young and ambitious world
class runners to better their personal records. Seven runners in the field
have personal records faster than 2:07 hrs, three of them have yet run
under 2:06hrs lead by Patrick Makau and Geoffrey Mutai (both Kenya) who
have clocked the two fastest times this year by winning the Rotterdam
Marathon (resp. placing 2nd): 2:04:48 (Makau) and 2:04:55 hrs (Mutai). Both
runners know about the flat and fast course in the German capital and hope
for favourable weather conditions.
Patrick Makau knows the Berlin streets very well after having won the
Vattenfall BERLIN HALF MARATHON in 2007 and 2008 clocking a course and
personal record of 58:56 min (2007). Meanwhile he has bettered his PB to
58:52 min by winning the RAK half marathon in 2009 making him the 3rd
fastest half marathon runner of all time.
Another contender for winning this prestigious marathon is Eliud Kiptanui.
The runner from Kenya recently won the Prague Marathon in a time of 2:05:39
hrs. This effort is especially remarkable considering his age (21) and the
fact that this was only his 2nd marathon (and the first one outside of
Kenya). Bazu Worku (20 years old from Ethiopia) was 2nd at the Paris
Marathon in 2009 (2:06:15) and Gilbert Yegon (22, Kenya) won the Amsterdam
Marathon 2009 (2:06:18). Yemane Tsege Adhane (25, Ethiopia) was 4th at the
Paris Marathon 2009 (2:06:30).
With expected one million spectators along the scenic loop course the race
is covered live by n-tv (nationally), Eurosport (Germany and Europe resp.
Asia) and Fuji TV (Japan). Starting time in September 26th is 9 a.m.
Accreditations can be done online until September 10th at