Posted by: Joe English | September 21, 2009

Racing — Gebs wins Berlin Marathon, misses world record

running-advice-bugBERLIN, Germany — Haile Gebrselassie won his fourth Berlin Marathon Sunday, although he missed setting a new world record as he has done on the course the last two years in a row. He struggled in the last 10KM of the race as temperatures climbed.

The Ethiopian runner was on record pace in the first 30 kilometres of the course, but after his last pace maker dropped away, Gebrselassie slowed down and began rapidly losing time as he approached the finish line under the Brandenburg Gate in sunny and warm weather.

Gebreselassie went through the half-marathon in 1:01:48, faster than the 1:02:04 that he clocked last year en route to a record. His 1:27:49 is an unofficial world record for 30 KM, pending verification by officials.

“It wasn’t marathon weather,” Gebrselassie said. “It was too warm in the last 10 kilometres. … At the beginning it was perfect. I could have tried to push maybe, but really it’s wonderful. I am OK.”

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