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Guye Adola and Gotytom Gebreslase win the 2021 Berlin Marathon
On a hot, humid day in the German capital, the 47th Berlin Marathon had two surprise winners in both the men’s and women’s races. Ethiopia’s Guye Adola was victorious over the favorite, Kenenisa Bekele (who finished third) in 2:05:45 in only his fourth marathon, and his fellow Ethiopian, Gotytom Gebreslase, won the women’s race in her debut marathon in 2:20:09
The 47th Berlin Marathon was the slowest since 2009 for the men
The touted world record attempt in the men’s race fell to pieces; Adola’s 2:05:45 was the slowest winning time in Berlin since 2009, and the mark isn’t even among the top 60 times in the event’s history. Part of that was because of the weather; the sun beat down throughout the race, and temperatures climbed from 16°C/60°F to 21°C/69°F.
The other chief reason was the blistering first half. The top 4 athletes (Kenyans Philemon Kacheran and Abraham Kipyatich Tesfaye Lencho) at the halfway mark cross the mark in 60:48, ahead of world record pace. Unfortunately, the world record was quickly slipping away. The pace began to slow soon after, and by 25 km, the leaders were 17 seconds behind Eliud Kipchoge’s record pace. Guye Adola finally won it in a rather hard way with splits of 60:48 for the first half, 64:57 for the second.
Berlin Marathon winners since 2009