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2009 World Championships in Athletics Berlin, Germany

2009 12th IAAF World Championships - Berlin - Men's Marathon



Host City: Berlin, Germany
Dates: 15–23 August
Nations participating: 202
Athletes participating: 2101
  Main venue: Olympiastadion
Overview by IAAF  
The course comprised four 10Km loops through the centre of Berlin and past many historical and cultural sights, plus an extra 2.195Km loop from Berlin Cathedral to Alexanderplatz and back. With the temperature rising from 18° at the start of the race (11:45) to 21° at the end, the heat was not too great a problem. The first 10Km was covered in 30:08, and the pace quickened to 59:42 at 20Km, with eight men still in contention, including three Kenyans and three Ethiopians. By 30Km (1:29:43) the Kenyans were accompanied only by Merga. After Cheruiyot fell off the pace, Kirui and Mutai opened up a small gap on Merga. The Ethiopian was to drop out at 39Km after being passed by Kebede. Meanwhile, Kirui began to move away from Mutai. A gap of 20 seconds at 40Km (2:00:10) grew to 54 by the finish at the Brandenburg Gate. Behind the two Kenyans Kebede won the battle of the Ethiopians ahead of Tesgay. Cheruiyot placed fifth to give Kenya its first team victory. The rush to the marathon by Kenyan runners has overwhelmed the rest of the world. In 2009 sixteen men ran under 2:07, of whom 12 were Kenyans! Neither Olympic champion Wanjiru, nor Kibet and Kwambai who had both run 2:04:27 earlier in the year were selected, but Kenya still won two medals and the team title




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