Morocco’s Lahoucine Mrikik breaks course record with 2:08:20 while Japan’s Tomo Morimoto takes Vienna with 2:24:33
In fine weather conditions 23,961 runners participated in the various events of the Vienna City Marathon. At the start the temperature was 12° Celsius. While there was hardly any wind it was getting warm during parts of the race when the sun came out. This year’s motto of the Vienna City Marathon was: Run Vienna, enjoy Mozart. Classical music was played along the 42.195 k course through the city. Vienna City Marathon has positioned itself among international marathons with this distinctive feature.
In the men’s race the beginning was a fast one. 5 k were run in 15:05 minutes and the 10 k mark was reached in 30:16. But some of the early sped was lost in the middle of the race. Eight runners were in the leading group that passed the half way mark in 64:22 minutes. The course record of Samson Kandie (Kenya), who had run 2:08:35 two years ago, then seemed to slip away when the splits were around 3:05 minutes for several kilometres. 30 k was reached in 1:31:48. It was shortly before that point when the group broke up. Mrikik and Chebet took the lead and at around 38 k the Moroccan increased the pace once more. He clocked 2:55 minutes for the next kilometre and decisively left behind Chebet, whose brother Joseph had won the race three years ago. “I had chosen Vienna because I new that the pace would suit me. It was my aim to run sub 2:10 but I did not expect a 2:08 before. But today everything was perfect: my form and the weather conditions”, the 34 year-old winner said. Lahoucine Mrikik, who partially trained with former London Marathon winner Abdelkader El Mouaziz in Morocco, had entered the race with a personal best of 2:13:31.
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