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The 21st BERLIN HALFMARATHON, for a long time only the "small

brother" of the BERLIN-MARATHON, steadily becomes the "Big

Brother" and a competitior with a look at the number of participants and

the quality of the runners finisher times.

There have never been before this much entrants: 11.655 participants from 53

countries had been at the starting line at the Fernsehtum in the

Karl-Marx-Allee, surrounded by good weather conditions. The mayor of

Berlin-Mitte, Joachim Zeller and German 5.000 m participant of the Olympic

Games 2000 in Sydney, Jirka Arndt, sent the runners and inline skaters on their

21.0975 km long Berlin sightseeing tour.

Fabian Roncero from Spain won the race with a terrific new world best time

of the year in 59:52. This might become a new European record as the the

current record of 59:43 by Antoni Pinto (POR) from 1998 in Lissabon had been

established on a course with a big slope. The results of Titus Munji (KEN)

1:00:27 and Rodgers Rop (KEN) 1:00:57 are excellent times as well.

Third victory in a row was made by the third of the Olympic Marathon race

2000 in Sydney, Joyce Chepchumba (KEN). Again she won in a terrific time of

1:09:37, followed by the local hero Kathrin Wessel (SCC) who did a 1:11:09 and

Dorotea Gruca (POL) in 1:11:56.

An oddity in the wheelchair competition: For the first time a woman won the

race and outshone the male participants. Yvonne Sehmisch of the LC Cottbus

raced a great 58:46, Robby Krannich (SCC) was the first male in 1:06:24.

The third race record was established by the Inline Speedskaters by name of

Steven Madsen (DEN) who also won last years BERLIN HALFMARATHON and who, with a

chiptime of 34:36 has been two minutes faster that in the last year. The three

following skaters had a time of 34:37.

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