Kipchoge smiling at the finish line

Six men's world marathon records have been set at the Berlin Marathon. Let's take a look at the top three athletes to watch in the 2017 edition of this major running event.

The 44th edition of the Berlin Marathon will take place on Sunday 24 September at 08:30 on SuperSport 7 and stream live on DStv Now. For all the potential record-breaking hopefuls, Berlin is the place to go for it.  The flat streets of Germany’s capital city have been the platform for six past men’s world marathon records.

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The current world record of 2:02:57 by Dennis Kimetto will be contested by the star-studded line-up of top athletes from around the world.

As runners say, ‘It’s going to be flat and fast’. And with the top three contenders having such close personal bests, it’s guaranteed to be exciting every step of the way.  

 

Eliud Kipchoge (Kenya) age: 32

Marathon PB: 2:03:05 (2016)   

The fastest man to ever run 42.2km. Although his 2:00:25 from the Nike Breaking2 event does not count as a record, as it was not a standard road marathon, Kipchoge did the time in the much anticipated attempt to break the elusive sub-2 hour marathon.  However, he has the slowest winning time amongst the four men who have previously won the event, and he may not have fully recovered from the Nike Breaking2 event held only 20 weeks before.

 

Kenenisa Bekele (Ethiopia) age: 35

Marathon PB: 2:03:03 (2016)

Berlin’s defending champion and holder of three Olympic gold medals, Bekele will be racing to add a world record in the marathon to his accolades.  Stacked against this hero is his history of dropping out of marathons and tripping at the sound of the start gun this year in Dubai. 

 

Wilson Kipsang (Kenya) age: 35

Marathon PB: 2:03:13 (2016)

The Tokyo Marathon 2017 champion clocked the fastest time in the world this year, and is the only man in running world history to break 2:04 – not once, but four times!  Let’s look at this in perspective – this record has only ever been broken by eight men, and Wilson Kipsang has done it four times!

 

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