Berlin Marathon History: The main sports intrigue of the fall is revealed: which of the strongest runners in the world was the first and whether a new world record was set in the marathon at the most titled race of the planet.
Berlin Marathon History: from a park race to the planet’s fastest marathon
The leadership position was taken almost immediately by Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge, followed by Wilson Kipsang, and Kenenisa Bekele completely lagged behind the main group – apparently, an old injury made itself felt at the most inopportune moment. Athletes overcame half of the marathon in 61:29. And on the 30th kilometer Kipsang stopped, took a drink of water and … left the race. Bekele also did not continue.
The remaining distance Eliud Kipchoge ran alone, slightly behind the debutant in the Guiye Adola marathon. But on the last kilometers, experience nevertheless won: Kipchog broke ahead. Despite the realization that the world record would stand, Eliud smiled broadly at the final kilometers – at least sneakers were fine. The result is 2:03:32. And this is not even a record of Kipchoge himself – 2:03:05, which was installed at the London marathon 2016.
“The weather caused certain difficulties, during the whole distance we were chased by rain,” the athlete said after the finish.
The psychological state also played a role: immediately two of the strongest runners in the world left the race.
The one whom all Germany had hoped for, the German styer Philippe Flieger, also left the race. The athlete stopped several times due to poor health, but then continued to run. He was forced to get off when his legs literally stopped holding him and his stomach listened. Both fans and medical workers tried to provide support and assistance to Philip. The runner resisted to the last. But having recovered a little, having angrily thrown a bottle of water, he got into a car, which meant the end of his participation in the 2017 Berlin marathon. His personal record was 2:12:50.
But the 26-year-old debutant in the marathon Kenyan Guiye Adola will be remembered for a long time: confident running on a par (or even faster) with the legend of marathons and, as a result, second place. Not bad for the first time. 2:03:47 – the fastest debut in the history of the Berlin marathon.
For women, everything went perfectly — there was hope for a new track record. But this did not work out either: the first came Gladys Cherono with a score of 2:20:21. This is the second victory of the girl at the Berlin marathon. In 2015, 2:19:25.
The most popular German runner Anna Heiner finished with a score of 2:28:22, while her twin sister Lisa, also a runner, was giving an interview to reporters. Anna became the fifth.
This is the 44th official Berlin Marathon, which is the oldest member of AIMS and has been a member of World Marathon Majors – the Big Six Marathons since 2006. 43 852 runners, 5 573 scooters and 237 disabled athletes were registered for the race. More than ten thousand children took part in the children’s race. The audience of the marathon has long exceeded one million spectators.
427 runners from Russia arrived in the German capital. Many of them just wanted to feel the atmosphere of the great race, while others planned to update their personal record.
The start day of the elections to the German State Duma (Bundestag) coincided with the day of the marathon, therefore, in addition to an excellent tour of the capital, participants and spectators had the opportunity to get acquainted with the portraits of candidates located throughout the city.
Thousands of runners finished traditionally at the Brandenburg Gate.
Berlin Marathon Start
November 8, 1964 in West Berlin, the first “cross on the Devil’s Hill”. This date can be considered the birthday of the Berlin marathon. The pastry chef Horst Milde and his fellow students organized competitions on Mount Teufelsberg. The young people were encouraged by the successful outcome of the team race in the French city of Le Mans. Then, with the support of the Red Cross, the French and English military, in whose zone of occupation it was planned to build a track, and other amateur athletes, they organize their own autumn cross, which in ten years will open the history of the official Berlin marathon. A team of enthusiasts will turn into a sports club SCC EVENTS GmbH, which to this day organizes a marathon.
On October 13, 1974, a postal employee who did not recognize the elevator as a means of transportation, Gunther Hallas ran his first marathon in 2 hours 44 minutes and 43 seconds. Then he did not suspect that he would go down in history as the first winner of the Berlin marathon – the marathon, which in 2017 will become the most anticipated running event in the world.
A little behind, but on a par with men, ran a girl dressed in Adidas at number 269, whose courage could be envied. 1500 meters – the maximum distance that a woman could then run without attracting too much attention. Jutta von Haase swung 42 kilometers, finished with a result of 3 hours 22 minutes and 1 second and became the first winner of the marathon, which after years won the title of the fastest on the planet.
Together with Gunther and Jutta, 250 athletes took part in the first Berlin marathon. For the most part, these were friends and relatives. All of them fought no more than for the “Superiority” of their native park. But it was the first official marathon of Berlin.
From the very first start and until the transfer of control of the Berlin Marathon to his son Mark in 2004, the persistent Mildet will hold a total of about 400 different races throughout Germany. And in the fall of 2001, just a few days after the terrorists attacked the towers of the World Trade Center, at the invitation of Horst Milde, the director of the New York Marathon Allen Steinfeld will start in Berlin. So the running brotherhood will support its friends from America in the days of the September tragedy.
“I was not warned in advance that I should shoot a starting pistol. I stood among the guests and, not knowing the German language, made out only my name. The music of New York, New York began, and the mayor of Berlin said that I should open a marathon with him. He took my hand, and tears rolled down my cheeks, ”said Allen Steinfeld.
In 2003, runners start and finish at the Brandenburg Gate.
In 2004, Mark Milde succeeded his father as the organizer of the Berlin Marathon. From the same year, as part of the marathon, a competition of athletes traveling on hand bicycles is held.
In 2006, the prestigious World Marathon Majors series was founded, which includes the six “Main World Marathons”: London, New York, Chicago, Boston, Tokyo and Berlin marathons. Of these, only the Berlin and Boston marathons retained membership in AIMS.