BMW Berlin Marathon
One million spectators along the course, over 34,000 runners, and at the end a world record – short and sweet, that was the 38th BMW BERLIN MARATHON. Last year’s champion Patrick Makau, one of the favourites, did his role as such more than justice and crowned his sixth victory on the streets of Berlin with a fantastic world record – 2:03:38 h. The previous world record holder Haile Gebrselassie had to give up after 36 kilometres due to asthma problems. In the women’s race, the Kenyan half-marathon world champion Florence Kiplagat impressively dominated her competition and ended the first marathon she has ever completed under 2:20 hours: 2:19:44. Irina Mikitenko (SC Gelnhausen) and Paula Radcliffe of Great Britain followed. Not only did the 38th BMW BERLIN MARATHON shine with brilliant names, but the results spoke for themselves too.
One million spectators along the course cheered on the many thousand runners – Berlin celebrated its marathon runners with the same enthusiasm they were accustomed to.