BERLIN (GER): A record field of 23,799 runners from 94 countries will compete in Sunday’s 30th edition of the Vattenfall Berlin Half Marathon. Around 200,000 people are expected to line the flat course through the city centre of Berlin. The course record stands at a staggering 58:56 minutes, which is the sixth fastest time ever run at the distance. Kenya’s Patrick Makau Musyoki established this mark in 2007. Asked if he feels ready to attack this time Ethiopia’s Eshetu Wondimu replied: “Let’s wait and see what happens on Sunday. If the pacemakers are running well then I should at least achieve a personal best.” His biggest rival will come from Kenya: John Kiprotich (59:23) intends to continue the impressive Kenyan win streak in Berlin in the past eight years. There may well be a home win for Germany in the women’s race. Sabrina Mockenhaupt will be back to defend her title. A year ago she had taken the race with an impressive personal best of 68:45 minutes. Organizers are saying in a release.
ZANDVOORT (NED): Dutch HM world champion Lornah Kiplagat is scheduled to run the 5K at the Zandvoort Circuit Run on Sunday. The Kenyan born athlete has been out for almost a year with a series of injuries and will run the Zandvoort Circuit Run as a test race. Her last competition dates back to March 1st 2009 when she was second at the World Best 10K in Puerto Rico.
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