The 44th edition of the BMW Berlin Marathon is set to be held this coming Sunday, September 24th 2017. Champions from around the world will be in Berlin, Germany to participate and hopefully walk away with the top prize.
Kenya vs Ethiopia vs The World:
Such a champion is Eliud Kipchoge, who has been concentrating his training back home in Kenya. Kipchoge holds a personal best time in a record-legal race at 2:03:05. This is eight seconds short of Dennis Kimetto’s record. Kimetto is the record holder at 2:02:57. The figure is not only the event’s record, but also stands as the world record for the men’s marathon.
These two Kenyans will line up alongside other compatriots from Kenya and other nations all over the world. Some of the memorable names that will be participating include Kenenisa Bekele from Ethiopia, Wilson Kipsang and Emanuel Mutai from Kenya among others.
Bekele is the reigning and defending champion as he won the Marathon last year in 2016. Kipsang is a former champion, previously winning it in 2013 while the Rio Olympic gold medalist Eliud Kipchoge won this event in 2015.
Having six world records broken in the last decade, in this 44th edition of the Berlin Marathon, it won’t be a shocker to have a new world record being set. Having the Kenyan Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge as well as Wilson Kipsang and their rival Kenenisa Bekele from Ethiopia, the current record of 2 hours, 02 minutes and 57 seconds set by Kenya’s Dennis Kimetto at the same course in 2014, might as well be broken.
Kipchoge said he is prepared to break the current world record set in Berlin three years ago by fellow Kenyan, Dennis Kimetto.
Proper and stiff competition is expected in this year’s Marathon event. There will be great athletes lining up, but there will only be one winner.
It truly will be a case of Eliud Kipchoge vs Kenenisa Bekele vs Wilson Kipsang vs World Record Sunday in Berlin on Sunday. May the best athlete win!