In a thrilling race finish, Kotut with a time of 2:04:47 edged Ugandan starter Stephen Kiza, who lost by a second. The duo remained well below the previous record set by Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge (2:05:30) in 2013. In the fastest marathon to date in the Hanseatic city, even Workneh Tadesse (Ethiopia/2:05:07) finished third and Victor Kiplangat (Uganda/2:05:09) in fourth, a record for Kipchoge.
Kattout: “I’m so excited”
“I am very happy. I really liked the atmosphere here, and I would like to come back,” said winner Kotut on NDR, who openly thanked the defibrillators. “They have protected me from the sometimes unpleasant winds for a long time.” The Kenyan can look forward to the winner’s prize of €25,000 and an additional standard prize of €15,000.
Yehualaw with great appearance
However, the men’s score is outdone by Yahualu, who can also look forward to a €40,000 total. The 10km (29:14min) world record holder from Ethiopia made a stunning debut in the Hanseatic City. At 2:17:23, she was more than three minutes short of her compatriot Meiselish Melkamo’s (2:21:54) best time of 2016. It was the third best time ever run by a woman.
“I am very happy with my victory. It was a great track and the spectators gave me a lot of support,” said Yuhualu.
Hendel runs the best performance and wants to go to the European Championships
Christina Hendel of Braunschweig finished fifth, beating her previous personal best (2:27:30) by one second, thus breaking the standards for this year’s World and European Championships.
“It was really tough today,” Hendel said. “I actually had cramps 18 kilometers away. Fortunately, I got away after three kilometers.” I’ve been targeted for about 2:25 hours. “That was a bit difficult with the wind today.”
Said Schönborn in ninth place
Hendel holds Croatian citizenship and has held a German passport for two years. Internationally, she is not yet eligible to start in Germany. “I am optimistic that I will be in the European Championship,” said the 25-year-old. Ninth place was the second best German Deborah Schönborn (also Berlin) with a time of 2:29:51. “I am quite satisfied because I did not know where I was after a difficult winter,” said Schönborn.
The German Athletics Federation (DLV) has six pole positions each in the coveted domestic European Championships and three at the World Championships. Double start excluded.
Pfluger has to give up – Mochmann has problems
The two Berliners, Philipp Pflug and Johannes Mochmann, remained without their means. Pfluger had to drop out of school after about 30 kilometers due to back issues, and Motschmann came only 24th with 2:17:08 hours.
“Giving up was not an option, I owe it to the fans. I’m proud that I made it to the end, but I’m also disappointed.”
“I don’t know exactly what it is,” Mochman said. “I was very nervous very early on and didn’t enjoy running at all.” The top German sprinter was Florian Rosser of Constance, with the 29-year-old missing the EM benchmark by just over half a minute in 2:15:03 an hour as 21.
Sports Senator Groot: ‘The day everyone’s been waiting for’
In great weather but strong winds, thousands of amateur as well as professional runners made their way through the Hanseatic city on Sunday morning. Just over 29,000 participants were registered for the various tracks, including about 10,600 marathon starters.
After the 35th edition was reduced last year due to Corona, tens of thousands of spectators once again lined the streets of the Hanseatic city for the 36th Hamburg Marathon and cheered loudly for the runners.
“This is the day everyone has been waiting for two years after the pandemic. It is also a signal for the whole city: life is back to normal.”
Senator for Sports Andy Grote (SPD)
The Hamburg Marathon is the first major event for spectators in the Hanseatic city since March 2020 without major Corona restrictions. However, all runners had to be vaccinated or recovered.