Kenya’s Bernard Muia Katui ran away with the men’s marathon title at the 37th edition of the Generali Munich Marathon held on Sunday (08) in Munich, Germany.
The 28 year-old who was making his debut over the distance, remained steadfast in the leading group of seven runners until the 35km mark, where he was pulled away by his compatriot Benson Nzioki who led for three kilometres until the 38km mark when Katui engaged his gear and went ahead solo for the reminder of the race.
Katui cruised into the Olympic Stadium in a solo move, cutting the tape in a new personal best time of 2:09.17.
Katui was followed by Nzioki in second place in 2:09.21 with Mica Cheserek wrapping up the podium three finishes in 2:09.26.
The most experienced athlete on paper, Cosmas Kiplimo who was making his fourth appearance over the distance and carrying a life time best of 2:09.44 that he got last year during his debut at the Linz Marathon, crossed the finish line in fourth in 2:10.07 with the German’s Sebastian Hendel who was also returning to the Bavarian capital after his debut last year, lowering his personal best by 14 seconds as he cut the tape in fifth in 2:10.14.
The race course record of 2:07.28 that was set last year by his Kenyan Philemon Kipchumba remains standing.