At least 9,150 runners overtaken during the real,- BERLIN-MARATHON
Qualifying for the Guinness Book of Records ...
2004-10-28A performance which could well qualify for the Guinness Book of Records was achieved by Terefe Yae and Shimeles Molla during the real,- BERLIN-MARATHON on 26th September. It turned out during the analysis of the results that the two Ethiopians have overtaken at least 9,150 runners during the 42,195 k race.
They entered the wrong start-section
As elite athletes Terefe Yae and Shimeles Molla should have started in the first of three starting sections and right at the front. But somehow they entered the wrong section and because of this had thousands of runners in front of them. They had to make their way through the large field of fun runners before they could finally run their own constant pace.
Still they finished surprisingly well:
Terefe Yae was 26th in a time of 2:17:29 while Shimeles Molla crossed the line just four seconds behind for 27th place.
5 k sections with 15:10 and 15:14
Running like in a slalom during the first part of the race has cost them at least four minutes and plenty of energy. It took them 19:11 minutes to reach the 5 k mark, they then passed 10 k in 35:05. For the next two 5 k sections they were timed with 15:10 and 15:14 minutes. It would probably have been that sort of pace that they would have normally run during the first 10 k as well.
During the second part of the race they slowed a bit.
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