Press conference Highlights
Mizuki Noguchi (JPN), winner in 2:19:12 hours (new course, Japanese and Asian record)
Mizuki Noguchi: „I am happy about my victory and the three records – the Japanese record, the Asian record and the course record. The course is really flat and nice to run. The slight ups and downs helped me to find my rhythm. My coach told me not to worry about split times. I have to thank the fabulous spectators, who cheered me all the way to the finish. I am so happy to have run here.”
What did you like about the course the most and did you have any problems?
Mizuki Noguchi: “I saw a lot of churches and quite old buildings. But I also saw very nice shops and everywhere people. The race was good, only at 35 k my feet started to get heavy. But I thought of my training and I grit my teeth.”
Luminita Zaituc (GER) – runner up in 2:27:34
“I am happy with the second place, although the race was tough. I never thought of giving up, also I had cramps at 30 k. I felt it already at 15 k but wanted to finish the race.
Asale Tafa (ETH), third in 2:28:27
„I am satisfied with the results and it was nice to run here.“
Philip Manyim (KEN), winner in 2:07:41 hours
Philip Manyim: „I am very happy with my result, although it was very hot. Some time in between I thought I need to drink something, to get away with my life. It was my third marathon. Berlin is very nice and I want to come back next year. When I was training in Kenya, I wanted to win. But when I was here, sure I was a little bit afraid because there were some athletes with a PB under 2:07. After 25 k, Mark Milde said to me that when I want to win the race, I would have to go away now. And it worked.”
When you finished you cried, why was that and what do you want to do next?
Philip Manyim: “I was so happy to win my first big marathon. It was so emotional because first I have not expected to win and second because the conditions in Kenya are so bad. I am looking forward to go home and plan my next season there. To win in Berlin means a lot to me, I will share the money with my family and friends. We share everything in Kenya.”
Peter Chebet (KEN), runner up in 2:08:58
“I never thought of catching Philip, because I had so much to do with the attacks of Jackson Koech. The race was good, but warm.”
Jackson Koech, third in 2:09:07
“I had no energy left on the home stretch, so I had to give up the second place.”
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