In a gripping sprint finish, Kotut won in 2:04:47 ahead of debutant Stephen Kissa from Uganda, who was beaten by one second. The duo remained well below the previous track record set by Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge (2:05:30) in 2013. In the fastest marathon so far in the Hanseatic city, even Workineh Tadesse (Ethiopia / 2: 05: 07) finished in third place and Victor Kiplangat (Uganda / 2: 05: 09) as fourth, Kipchoges record.
Kotut: “I’m overjoyed”
“I’m overjoyed. I really liked the atmosphere, I would love to come back,” said winner Kotut on NDR, who expressly thanked the pacemakers. “They protected me for a long time from the sometimes unpleasant wind.” The Kenyan can look forward to the winning prize of 25,000 euros and an extra course record prize of 15,000 euros.
Yehualaw with excellent debut
But the men’s result was overshadowed by Yehualaw, who in addition to a prize of 25,000 euros received an extra prize of 25,000 euros for the unofficial debut world record and 15,000 euros for the track record: a total of 65,000 euros.
The 10-kilometer-long world record holder (29:14 minutes) from Ethiopia made a fantastic debut in the Hanseatic city. In 2:17:23 hours, she stayed about four and a half minutes below the previous best time for her compatriot Meselech Melkamu (2:21:54) from 2016. Briton Paula Radcliffe needed 2:18:56 hours on her debut in London in 2002. “I am very happy with my victory. It was a great course and the spectators gave me great support,” said Yehualaw.
Hendel runs best and wants to go to the European Championships
Kristina Hendel from Braunschweig, who finished fifth in 2:27:29 hours, broke her previous personal record by one second, thus breaking the norms for this year’s World and European Championships.
“It was really hard,” Hendel said. “I already got cramps at 18 kilometers. Luckily it went away after three kilometers.” She had been aiming for a time of about 2:25 hours. “It was a little hard with the wind.”
Schöneborn happy in ninth place
Hendel has Croatian citizenship and has had a German passport for two years. She is not yet internationally qualified to compete in Germany, but we will soon decide whether that changes. “I am optimistic that I will come to the European Championships,” said the 25-year-old. The ninth was the second best German Deborah Schöneborn (also Berlin) with a time of 2:29:51. “I’m completely happy because I did not know where I was after a difficult winter,” Schöneborn said.
The German Athletics Federation (DLV) each has six starting places for the coveted home European Championships and three for the World Championships. Double start is excluded.
Plows must give up – Motschmann with problems
The two Berliners Philipp Pflug and Johannes Motschmann did not finish. Plows had to go out after about 30 kilometers with back problems. Motschmann, who occasionally grabbed the thigh and had to stop, fought bravely and finished as number 24 in 2:17:08 hours.
“Giving up was not an option, I owed it to the spectators. I’m proud to have reached the goal, but I’m also frustrated.”
“I also do not know exactly what it was. I was very tense very early and did not enjoy running at all,” Motschmann said. The best German runner was Florian Röser from Constance. In 2:15:03 hours, the 29-year-old missed the European Championship norm by a little more than half a minute as 21.
Sports Senator Grote: “The day everyone has been waiting for”
In fantastic weather, but also very windy, not only the professionals but also thousands of amateur runners tackled the route across the Hanseatic city on Sunday morning. Just over 29,000 participants were registered for the various routes, of which about 10,600 for marathons.
After a reduced 35th edition last year due to the Corona, tens of thousands of spectators stood again along the streets of the Hanseatic city at the 36th Hamburg Marathon, cheering loudly on the runners.
“This is the day everyone has been waiting for after two years of the pandemic. It’s also a signal for the whole city: normalcy is back.”
Sports Senator Andy Grote (SPD)
The Hamburg Marathon was the first major spectator event in the Hanseatic city since March 2020 without major corona restrictions. However, all runners had to be vaccinated or recovered. “Today everything was fine. We hope this will not be used up for the next ten years,” said organizer Frank Thaleiser.