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real,- BERLIN-MARATHON: Makau and Kebede battle the rain to take World Marathon Majors race

2010-09-26

Patrick Makau (Kenya) and Aberu Kebede (Ethiopia) had to battle the elements before taking victory at the real,- BERLIN-MARATHON. They were rewarded with 25 points each in the World Marathon Majors (WMM) series. Since both of them collected their first WMM points in their careers they have no significant impact on the current 2009-2010 series. This one will most likely be decided at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, which takes place on 10th October. The ING New York City Marathon on 7th November will then be the final event of the 2009-2010 series.

So often in the past running conditions had been ideal at the real,- BERLIN-MARATHON. But Sunday appeared to be the opposite with steady and partly heavy rain, a slight wind and a cool starting temperature of 12° Celsius. In what were the worst conditions for more than 20 years during a real,- BERLIN-MARATHON Patrick Makau still achieved a remarkable time of 2:05:08, winning by just two seconds from his fellow-countryman Geoffrey Mutai. Ethiopia’s Bazu Worku was third with 2:05:25. Mutai and Worku also collected their first WMM points (15 and 10 points). It was the first time that three runners clocked sub 2:06 times in the history of the real,- BERLIN-MARATHON.

In the women’s race Aberu Kebede won in 2:23:58. She was exactly a minute ahead of fellow-Ethiopian Bezunesh Bekele (2:24:58) while Japan’s Tomo Morimoto took third (2:26:10). Kebede and Bekele are now in a joint fifth place in the 2009-2010 WMM series with 25 points, but leader Liliya Shobukhova (Russia) has already collected 60.

The following athletes have collected WMM points at real,- BERLIN-MARATHON this Sunday (points counting for 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 series):

Men:

 

 

 

1. Patrick Makau

KEN

25 points

02:05:08

2. Geoffrey Mutai

KEN

15

02:05:10

3. Bazu Worku

ETH

10

02:05:25

4. Yemane Tsegay

ETH

5

02:07:52

5. Eliud Kiptanui

KEN

1

02:08:05

 

Women:

 

 

 

1. Aberu Kebede

ETH

25 points

02:23:58

2. Bezunesh Bekele

ETH

15

02:24:58

3. Tomo Morimoto

JPN

10

02:26:10

4. Sabrina Mockenhaupt

GER

5

02:26:21

5. Olena Burkovska

UKR

1

02:28:31


The current standings in the 2009-2010 WMM series:

Men

1

Tsegaye Kebede

ETH

50 points

2

Samuel Wanjiru

KEN

50

3

Deriba Merga

ETH

35

4

Emmanuel Mutai

KEN

35

5

Jaouad Gharib

MAR

30

 

Women

1

Liliya Shobukhova

RUS 

60 points

2

Irina Mikitenko

GER

40

3

Salina Kosgei

KEN

36

4

Teyba Erkesso

ETH

30

5

Bezunesh Bekele

ETH

25

 

Atsede Habtamu

ETH

25

 

Aberu Kebede

ETH

25

 

Derartu Tulu

ETH

25

 

Bai Xue

CHN

25


Full standings for the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 WMM series as well as further information about the WMM and participating athletes are available from: www.worldmarathonmajors.com

You may listen to a podcast interview from Andy Edwards with the real,- BERLIN-MARATHON winner Patrick Makau here:

Download the interview (MP3, 4.3 MB)


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