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Berlin Marathon preview: Is a report certain to be damaged?


The autumn marathon season kicks off this Sunday, Sept. 25, in Germany for the forty eighth annual Berlin Marathon, which is the primary of 4 Abbott World Marathon Majors over the following six weeks. The most important identify is distance operating Eliud Kipchoge returns to the course he set the world report on 4 years in the past, however the query everyone seems to be asking is whether or not he can run 2:01:39 once more?

Eliud Kipchoge on the 2021 The Prefontaine Basic. Photograph: Kevin Morris

He additionally seems to grow to be the second man to win 4 Berlin Marathon titles, becoming a member of the good Haile Gebrselassie, who gained 4 consecutive between 2006 and 2009.

Kipchoge isn’t the one athlete chasing a report in Berlin. U.S. marathon report holder Keira D’Amato has made a fast turnaround from her eighth place end at World Championships and has her eyes on the American report of two:19:12, which she ran in Houston earlier this 12 months.

Natasha Wodak on the 2022 Canadian 10K Championships. Photograph credit score: Victah Sailer, PhotoRun

Vancouver’s Natasha Wodak is the lone Canadian within the elite discipline, and he or she is trying to reap the benefits of the quick Berlin course. In 2020, Wodak ran the second quickest marathon time by a Canadian girl, 2:26:19, at The Marathon Challenge in Arizona. She adopted up that efficiency with a powerful thirteenth place end within the marathon on the 2020 Olympics Video games.

Wodak hopes to shake 90 seconds off her marathon PB Sunday to problem Malindi Elmore’s Canadian report of two:24:50 from 2019.

The climate

The race begins at 9:15 a.m. native time on Sunday (which is 3:15 a.m. E.T. in Canada). The temperature seems to be excellent for marathoning — between 10 C and 14 C, with subsequent to no wind. 

Males who hope to complete close to Kipchoge

It’s well-known that Kipchoge is the favorite, however who’re the blokes probably to complete second or persist with him till 30K?

Ethiopia’s Guye Adola, who was second to Kipchoge in 2017, gained Berlin final fall in 2:05:45. The win marked his first main victory after battling damage earlier in his profession. Like Kipchoge, Adola is quick and is aware of what it takes to win on this course. In 2017, he ran the quickest marathon debut in historical past on this course however since has not run close to 2:03. 

Adola is the one different sub-2:05 runner, which Kipchoge is certain to complete beneath. If anybody else wins this race, it could take a miracle, or imply each Kipchoge and Adola have blown up.

Ghirmay Ghebreslassie of Eritrea gained the 2015 World Championships in Beijing and the New York Marathon in 2016 after lacking the rostrum on the Rio Olympics. Though Ghebreslassie has the expertise, in a sub-2:05 race, he could not have the velocity to maintain up with Adola and Kipchoge. 

Marley’s Decide: Eliud Kipchoge (KEN) – 2:02:29

Can Keira D’Amato grow to be the primary American winner?

D’Amato has the quickest trip of the 24 runners within the girls’s elite discipline with a time of two:19:12, however she has solely had 9 weeks to organize for Berlin after her 2:23:34 on the World Championships in Eugene. She was solely chosen for the U.S. staff after Molly Seidel dropped out a number of weeks earlier than the championships.

To run 2:23 at worlds off not a lot coaching is spectacular and ought to be a confidence booster for D’Amato on a sooner Berlin course. 

D’Amato comes into the race in good type, profitable the Falmouth Highway Race final month. Photograph: Kevin Morris

Lots of the prime Kenyan and Ethiopian runners will probably be competing later this fall, however there are different sub-2:22 runners in Berlin. Kenya’s Nancy Jelagat Meto (2:19:31 – Valencia) and Vibian Chepkirui, the winner of the Vienna Metropolis Marathon in 2:20:59 in April, have the expertise and velocity to disclaim D’Amato the title.

Rosemary Wanjiru of Kenya, a 65:34 half marathoner, is making her marathon debut right here in Berlin. Though that is her first marathon, she is going to seemingly be in rivalry a lot of the race.

Marley’s Decide: Rosemary Wanjiru (KEN) – 2:18:39

How you can watch

The 2022 Berlin Marathon will probably be streamed from Canada at a price on FloTrack, with protection beginning at 2:30 a.m. E.T. (elites begin at 3:15 a.m.). In case you are in search of one other stream try right here for extra choices.



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