BMW BERLIN-MARATHON on Sunday: Deep Berlin fields headed by Kenenisa Bekele and Gladys Cherono - (Berlin Marathon: 9/23/...

24 Sep 2019 06:18
Jean-Loup Fenaux
Press Release

Ethiopia’s superstar Kenenisa Bekele and Kenya’s triple BMW BERLIN-MARATHON champion Gladys Cherono are very much in the focus at the 46th edition of the Germany’s biggest and best quality road running spectacle. Next Sunday Kenenisa Bekele intends to bounce back once again at the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON, a race he won in thrilling fashion three years ago with a personal best of 2:03:03.

Gladys Cherono aims to win a fourth Berlin title which would make her the sole record winner of the event. While fellow-Kenyan Vivian Cheruiyot had to cancel her start due to an Achilles tendon problem there are still five women on the start list with personal bests of sub 2:22. Four men feature personal records of sub 2:05, all of them from Ethiopia. A number of athletes will attempt to achieve the Olympic qualifying times of 2:11:30 and 2:29:30 for men and women respectively on the fast Berlin course. Organisers recorded a record entry number of 46,983 runners from 150 nations. Along with races in Tokyo, Boston, London, Chicago and New York, the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON is part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors. For the first time the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON will be the final event in this year’s series. After a series of disappointing results it remains to be seen in what sort of form Kenenisa Bekele is on Sunday. It is likely that his strongest rivals will be fellow-Ethiopians. Birhanu Legese took the title in Tokyo in March with 2:04:48. In 2018 he made a spectacular debut with 2:04:15 in Dubai where he was sixth. Two more of the Berlin entries were in action in Dubai 2018 and ran their personal bests there: Leul Gebrselassie was the runner-up in 2:04:02 while Sisay Lemma clocked 2:04:08 in fifth position. While Felix Kandie, who has a PB of 2:06:03, is the fastest Kenyan on the start list two fellow countrymen could be in for a surprise: Training partners Abel Kipchumba and Bethwel Yegon showed very good form in the build-up to their marathon debuts in Berlin. After victories in 2015 and 2017 Gladys Cherono achieved her third triumph in the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON last year with a course record of 2:18:11. The Kenyan may well have to run another sub 2:20 to win title number four because there is a group of runners who have the potential to achieve such a time as well. One Ethiopians is on the start list, who has already achieved a sub 2:20 time: Mare Dibaba, who won the world marathon title in 2015 and one year later took the bronze medal at the Rio Olympics, has a personal record of 2:19:52. Another prominent Ethiopian athlete on the start list is Meseret Defar. She is the double Olympic 5,000 m champion (2004 und 2012). Meseret Defar has the potential to run much faster than her current PB of 2:23:33. h2. Elite Runners (men) with Personal Bests

Name                  Nation  Personal Best
Kenenisa Bekele       ETH     2:03:03
Leul Gebrselassie     ETH     2:04:02
Sisay Lemma           ETH     2:04:08
Birhanu Legese        ETH     2:04:15
Felix Kandie          KEN     2:06:03
Jonathan Korir        KEN     2:06:51
Yohanes Gebregergish  ERI     2:08:14
Kenta Murayama        JPN     2:09:50
Kennedy Naibei        KEN     2:09:54
Shogo Kanezane        JPN     2:10:19
Willy Ngelel          KEN     2:10:31
Scott Overall         GBR     2:10:55
Liam Adams            AUS     2:11:36 
Guojian Dong          CHN     2:11:42
Matt Llano            USA     2:12:28
Yuichi Yasui          JPN     2:12:39
Keisuke Kusaka        JPN     2:12:42
Philipp Pflieger      GER     2:12:50
Florent Caelen        BEL     2:12:51
Valentin Pfeil        AUT     2:12:55
Jonathan Mellor       GBR     2:12:57
Abel Kipchumba        KEN     Debut
Bethwel Yegon         KEN     Debut
Haron Lagat           USA     Debut

Elite Runners (women) with Personal Bests

Name                 Nation  Personal Best
Gladys Cherono       KEN     2:18:11
Mare Dibaba          ETH     2:19:52
Haftamnesh Tesfay    ETH     2:20:13
Helen Tola           ETH     2:21:01
Ashete Bekere        ETH     2:21:14
Sally Chepyego       KEN     2:23:15
Meseret Defar        ETH     2:23:33
Rahma Tusa           ETH     2:23:46
Zhixuan Li           CHN     2:26:15
Sara Hall            USA     2:26:20
Anna Hahner          GER     2:26:44
Andrea Deelstra      NED     2:26:46
Maja Neuenschwander  SUI     2:26:49
Sally Kipyego        USA     2:28:01
Martina Strähl       SUI     2:28:07
Krista Duchene       CAN     2:28:32
Adriana Nelson       USA     2:28:52
Virginia Moloney     AUS     2:29:14 
Nina Lauwaert        BEL     2:30:24
Tracy Barlow         GBR     2:30:42
Samantha Bluske      USA     2:31:55
Dawa Jila            CHN     2:31:55
Marisa Casanueva     ESP     2:32:22
Melat Kejeta         GER     Debut


46.983 Runners5.081 Inline Skaters69 Wheelchair athletes160 Handbikers10.151 mini-MARATHON of school kidsca. 11.000 GENERALI BREAKFAST RUNca. 1.500 Bambini run for kids

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