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Ethiopia’s long distance superstar Kenenisa Bekele is back: the 39-year-old will be on the start line to defend his title in the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON on Sunday, his fourth appearance in the race. Two years ago he ran through the Brandenburg Gate on his way to another Ethiopian record of 2:01:41, a mere two seconds outside the world record of Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge. Thanks to that performance, he remains the second fastest marathoner of all time and heads Berlin’s elite field for this Sunday. Although he made no concrete mention of a world record attempt at Friday’s press conference, there were signs that he had the target on his mind.

(photo photorun.net) The women’s race at the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON on Sunday is looking increasingly like an attack on the course record. The best time to date was set three years ago when the Kenyan Gladys Cherono ran 2:18:11. Half-a-dozen women will be on the start line who have run under 2:25 and among them is the Ethiopian Hiwot Gebrekidan, the fastest women in the world this year thanks to her personal best of 2:19:35 in winning the Milan title in April. She will be making her debut in the Abbott World Marathon Majors Series of which the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON is a part.

(Photo: SCC EVENTS / Petko Beier) A contingent of some of the world’s top runners and around 25,000 mass participants will be on the start line next Sunday, September 26, for the 47th edition of the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON. The Ethiopian superstar Kenenisa Bekele heads the men’s entry while his compatriot Hiwot Gebrekidan is an equally strong contender for the women’s title. 

Kenyan running great Mary Keitany announced her retirement on Wednesday (22) after a stellar career which saw her win the London Marathon on three occasions and the New York Marathon four times, as well as triumph at the 2009 World Half Marathon Championships.

Up & Coming Runners Baker, Finch and Henderson Will Train in Running City USA - ATLANTA – September 17, 2021 -- Atlanta Track Club Elite added a trio of up and coming middle distance runners to its roster this week. The Club announced that former Stanford All-American Olivia Baker (South Orange, NJ), recent Troy University standout Gemma Finch (Newbury, U.K.) and former Boise State All-American Sadi Henderson (Hamilton, MT) will compete for the team beginning with the 2021-2022 Indoor Track & Field Season.

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