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Great times by Kibet and Cheruiyot in Berlin’s 25 k

2005-05-08

Luke Kibet, winner of the 25th Run Berlin
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Great times by Kibet and Cheruiyot in Berlin’s 25 k Great times by Kibet and Cheruiyot in Berlin’s 25 k

In the jubilee edition of the Run Berlin, the first twelve places in the men’s race were taken by Kenyan runners. Nobody could stop the Kenyans in the 25th edition of the Run Berlin - neither wind nor cool temperatures of less than ten degrees Celsius. The Run Berlin, which was formerly known as ,25 km von Berlin’ and had been the first big West German city road race back in 1981, produced another great demonstration of Kenyan talent. And there was great quality since the first eight runners finished within 1:15.

There were two sorts of comebacks: Luke Kibet returned to Berlin after finishing second in last year’s race, which had been won by Paul Kosgei in 1:12:45. That time still stands as world record today. This time Luke Kibet won, though he was just one second ahead of Simon Kiprop. Despite the wind he achieved a great winning time of 1:13:51 with which he now ranks seventh in the world alltime list for the distance. After having been absent from international athletics for a longer period Rose Cheruiyot came back to win the 25 k race in Berlin.

 
Spectators in
Berlin’s newly rebuilt Olympic Stadium saw another sprint finish in the women’s race. Cheruiyot could just held off the challenge by Ethiopia’s Dire Tune Arusei, who crossed the line on the stadium’s blue track just a second behind. Rose Cheruiyot clocked 1:24:46, which was the fastest time in the race for six years. She missed Susan Chepkemei’s course record of 1:24:29 by just 17 seconds.

 
“Despite the difficult weather conditions we saw great races. So we are very happy with the jubilee edition of our race”, race director Derk Kogelheide said. “Additionally we had a 20 percent increase of entries.” All together 9,672 athletes had entered the event. 6,101 of them ran the 25 k race while about 2,300 participated in a 10 k fun run. There were events for inline skaters and children as well. Last year the event had a total of 8,000 entries. “Next year we hope to have more than 10,000 athletes”, Derk Kogelheide said.

 
While one gets used to the fact that no German elite runners were in the race (they would not have been able to play a role anyway) the Kenyans pushed the pace after passing 5 k in
14:50. The next five k were run in a very quick 14:00 minutes in this very flat passage of the course. The wind in the back may have helped a bit. Ten Kenyans were on their own in the first group at the 10 k point (28:50).

 
If they would have been able to stick to this sport of pace the world record would have been smashed once more. But in the second half of the race the wind was coming from the front and the pacemakers were out. 15 k were reached in 43:40. During an uphill stretch back towards the Olympic Stadium the leading group was reduced to five runners: Luke Kibet, Simon Kiprop, Mitei Enock, who later finished third in
1:13:56, Stanley Salil and Francis Kiprop. It was not before the approach to the stadium on the last two kilometres that this group broke up.   

“If the weather would have been better we could have run faster. May be there would have been a chance to go for the record”, Luke Kibet said. He had been unlucky a year ago, finishing second in 1:12:52, which is still the second fastest time ever run at the distance. “I had come here to break the world record in 2004, but at the end Paul Kosgei was a bit faster than me.” This time he was determined to win. “When I entered the stadium and Simon was still with me I was a bit nervous because I thought about last year.” But in the end Luke Kibet had the stronger finish. It was the fourth time in a row that the Kenyans took at least the first three places in this race.

Luke Kibet had placed 17th in the recent London Marathon, clocking 2:16:40. He now intends to run the 10,000 m in the Kenyan trials for the World Championships in Helsinki. In autumn he plans to run a marathon.


In the women’s race Rose Cheruiyot made it five wins in a row for Kenya at this race. But it was getting very close. From start to finish Cheruiyot and the 20 year-old Ethiopian Dire Tune Arissi ran shoulder to shoulder. “Until the very end I was not sure if I would be able to beat her”, Rose Cheruiyot said. “But the strong opposition was the reason why it was possible to run so fast despite today’s weather conditions.”

 
Rose Cheruiyot had won a major race in
Berlin before. Three years ago she had clocked 69:32 in the Berlin Half Marathon. Since then little was heard about her. “That is right – I disappeared for some time“, the 29 year-old said and explained: “I gave birth to a girl in March 2003. But now I am back.” Cheruiyot plans to run in the Kenyan 10,000 m trials as well. “I know that it will be very hard to qualify for Helsinki but I will try.” The Eldoret based athlete then intends to run her marathon debut in autumn. “I would like to come back here and run the Berlin Marathon.”

   

Results, Men:

1. Luke Kibet                         KEN               1:13:51

2. Simon Kiprop                      KEN               1:13:52

3. Mitei Enock                        KEN               1:13:56

4. StanleySalil                      KEN               1:14:03

5. Francis Kiprop                    KEN               1:14:20

6. Julius Sugut                       KEN               1:14:34

7. Richard Mutei                     KEN               1:14:54

8. Joseph Ngolepus                 KEN               1:14:56

9. Jason Mbote                      KEN               1:16:29

10. Eliud Tanui                        KEN               1:16:43

 

Women:

1. Rose Cheruiyot                    KEN               1:24:46

2. Dire Tune Arissi                   ETH                1:24:47

3. Peninah Arusei                     KEN               1 :29 :28

4. Rebby Koech                      KEN               1:30:44

5. Ludmilla Afoniouchkina        RUS                1:35:03

6. Ingalill Andersson                SWE               1:44:29

 

 

 

 


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