Haile Gebrselassie will run against high class competitors at the real,- BERLIN-MARATHON. One of the Ethiopian rivals will be the second
fastest marathon runner of all times: Sammy Korir. In 2003 the Kenyan
finished only one second behind Paul Tergat, who was then running the
current world record of 2:04:55 hours. Furthermore Sammy Korir leads
the marathon top list in 2006. In April he won the Rotterdam Marathon
in 2:06:38. This year nobody has run faster at the 42,195 k distance.
The personal best of Sammy Korir, 2:04:56 hours, is still
the second fastest time in the world of all times. The 34 year-old
confirmed his outstanding position in the marathon when winning
Rotterdam in partly windy conditions. „Sammy Korir will run once again
– and that means that we have a great possibilty for a fast race. We
might see a great duel between the Kenyan Korir and the Ethiopian
Gebrselassie,“ Race Director Mark Milde said. Further Kenyan elite
athletes to compete in Berlin should be announced soon. Mark Milde is
finalising negotiations at present.
Sammy Korir showed
his enormous potential at the real,- BERLIN-MARATHON 2003, when he
initially paced Paul Tergat. Finally he finished the race himself and
almost beat his friend and training partner Tergat.
40,000 runners have entered the 33rd real,- BERLIN-MARATHON which means
that the limit has been reached. No more applications will be accepted.