Five of the first six places in the men’s and women’s events at the prestigious Berlin Marathon last week were athletes from Ethiopia.
Kenenisa Bekele, Birhanu Legese, Leul Gebrselassie and Sisay Lemma are described as Ethiopia’s strongest runners ahead of the Berlin Marathon in the German capital.
As a result, Bekele, 37, finished first in the men’s marathon with a time of 2 hours 1 minute 41 seconds. This is only two seconds behind the current world record set by Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge last year. Kipchoge is absent to prepare for the 2-hour marathon challenge in Vienna, Austria on October 12.
The next two positions belong to Legese and Lemma respectively. “I’m sorry, I’m not lucky. But I can still surpass the current record. I don’t give up,” Bekele said.
Bekele finished first at the Berlin Marathon 2019
Ethiopia also dominates the women’s marathon with champion Ashete Bekere, 2 hours 20 minutes 14 seconds and runner-up Mare Dibaba (slower than 7 seconds). Kenyan runner, Sally Chepyego ranked third.
Business problems. “There is a strategic reason for prioritizing Ethiopian athletes,” explained Berlin Marathon Director Mark Milde. Unlike previous years, the organizers this year do not expect a world record. In 2018, Eliud Kipchoge completed the marathon in 2 hours 1 minute 39 seconds, raising the world record by more than a minute.
In order to attract more fans, the Berlin Marathon focuses on the excitement of the leading group, ideally until the finish. “To do so, we look for runners who can finish the marathon between 2 hours and 3 minutes and 2 hours and 5 minutes. This year, that means more Ethiopian runner,” Milde added.
African runners, especially Kenya and Ethiopia in East Africa, have won nearly every marathon in the world in the last five decades, since the 1969 Mexico City Olympic Games. otherwise, they can also sprint amazingly fast.
The Berlin Marathon is one of the six most prestigious marathons in the world, part of the World Marathon Majors (WMM), alongside the Boston Marathon, Chicago Marathon, New York City Marathon, London Marathon and Tokyo Marathon. Each season lasts for two years and the next begins when the previous season is half the way.
Eleven seasons have occurred since the first season of 2006 – 2007. Of these, Kenya topped ten seasons, and Ethiopia topped VII (2012 – 2013).