Stellar African line-up for next month’s Berlin marathon

Stellar African line-up for next month’s Berlin marathon

(bbc) –Ethiopia’s former long distance Olympic and World Champion Kenenisa Bekele has been added to an outstanding field for the Berlin Marathon on 24 September.

The second-fastest man over the distance will take on Kenya’s Wilson Kipsang and Eliud Kipchoge later this month.

Kipsang broke the world record in 2013 when he clocked 2 hours 3 minutes and 23 seconds on the Berlin course. But this was broken a year later by his compatriot Dennis Kimetto at the same event.

Kimetto’s mark of 2 hours 2 minutes and 57 seconds still stands, although both Bekele and Kipsang came close last year in Berlin

Olympic marathon champion Kipchoge missed the London marathon earlier this year as he attempted to be the first man to run under 2 hours at a special event in Italy – he was just over 25 seconds shy of the target.

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