<div">The 23rd edition of the Vienna City Marathon produced
one of the best quality races in its history. While the men’s race saw a course
record the women’s race was won by a Japanese runner for the first time in the
history of the race. It was Morocco’s Lahoucine Mrikik who surprisingly took the race
with a new course record of 2:08:20 hours. Peter Chebet (Kenya) was second with 2:08:56 while Dmytrov Baranovsky (Ukraine) was third in 2:10:56. Meanwhile for Japan another world class marathon
runner emerged in Vienna: 22 year-old Tomo Morimoto ran 2:24:33 to win the race
in front of fellow Japanese Chieko Yamasaki (2:29:09). Mary Ptikany
(Kenya) was third with 2:31:29.
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.
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.
the women’s race the 22 year-old winner Tomo Morimoto produced the
12th fastest time of the year with 2:24:33. It was the second fastest time ever run in
Vienna behind the 2:23:47 course record of Maura Viceconte (Italy) from 2000. Chieko Yamasaki and Mary Ptikany had
passed 10 k together with Morimoto in 34:24 minutes. It was already before the
20 k mark when Tomo Morimoto, who had run her marathon debut this year in
Osaka clocking 2:27:46, broke away from the others. “I felt fine and saw
the chance of running a very good time”, the winner later explained. Passing
half way in 1:12:31 she was already 25 seconds clear of Chieko Yamasaki.
“Now it is my aim to qualify for the World Championships in Osaka next year”, Tomo Morimoto said. Fourth placed
Susanne Pumper broke the Austrian record with 2:32:21.</div">