Amanal Petros stole the spotlight at the BMW Berlin Marathon on a Sunday morning, making headlines not only in Germany but across Europe by obliterating the German marathon record.

Credit essential: Norbert Wilhelmi / Organiser

Eliud Kipchoge secured his fifth victory in the race with an impressive time of 2 hours, 2 minutes, and 42 seconds. Notably, Amanal Petros followed closely, finishing ninth in 2 hours, 4 minutes, and 58 seconds. This accomplishment was a remarkable improvement for Petros, as he sliced more than a minute off his previous national record of 2 hours, 6 minutes, and 27 seconds. Additionally, it catapulted him to fourth place on the all-time European marathon list, trailing only Bashir Abdi (2:03:36), Kaan Kigen Ozbilen (2:04:16), and Abdi Nageeye (2:04:56).

In his reflection on the remarkable achievement, Petros modestly shared, “I thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere. The final two kilometers were enchanting, even though I was exhausted. This race was genuinely special. I had been hopeful about achieving a good time, although, naturally, marathons are unpredictable.”

Running closely behind Petros, Tadesse Abraham, the 2016 European half marathon champion and his training partner, secured the eleventh position, setting a Swiss record with a time of 2 hours, 5 minutes, and 10 seconds. Remarkably, at 41 years old, Abraham’s performance also marked a new world record for the over-40 marathon category.

Belgium’s Michael Somers made a significant improvement, clocking 2 hours, 8 minutes, and 8 seconds to secure the sixteenth position, narrowly meeting the Paris 2024 Olympic qualifying standard by a mere second.

In the women’s category, Charlotte Purdue, who had previously faced health setbacks and injuries, made a triumphant return to the marathon scene. Purdue secured the ninth position with a time of 2 hours, 22 minutes, and 17 seconds, surging back to the third spot on the British all-time list. Her remarkable performance featured nearly identical splits of 71 minutes and 16 seconds for the first half and 71 minutes and 1 second for the second half, allowing her to climb from sixteenth place at the halfway mark to a well-deserved ninth-place finish. Her accomplishment involved overtaking competitors like Romania’s Delvine Meringor, who ultimately finished twelfth in 2 hours, 23 minutes, and 25 seconds.

Adding to the excitement of the event, Domenika Mayer, a member of Germany’s gold medal-winning marathon team at the Munich 2022 European Athletics Championships, secured individual glory by becoming the top German finisher in fourteenth place with a lifetime best time of 2 hours, 23 minutes, and 47 seconds—marking an improvement of more than three minutes.


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The day also witnessed another Swiss record being set, this time by former steeplechaser Fabienne Schlumpf, who finished fifteenth with a time of 2 hours, 25 minutes, and 27 seconds. Schlumpf’s impressive performance not only shattered her previous record of 2 hours, 26 minutes, and 14 seconds but also comfortably met the Olympic qualifying standard of 2 hours, 26 minutes, and 50 seconds.

The BMW Berlin Marathon showcased exceptional athleticism, unwavering determination, and record-breaking accomplishments, creating a memorable experience for both participants and spectators alike.