Kenenisa Bekele is still the only elite runner confirmed for the BMW Berlin Marathon which will be the first of two marathons in 42 days for the Ethiopian runner, who is also scheduled to race the TCS New York City Marathon on November 7, a grueling double that will mark Bekele’s first races since March 2020.
A look at the list of favourites shows quite clearly how much the world’s elite is also waiting for top notch races. None other than the running legend Bekele who will aim for victory on September 26. At the 2019 Berlin-Marathon, he clearly demonstrated with his time of 2:01:41 hours that he is always a force to be reckoned with.
“I will come back with good energy and motivation to Berlin-Marathon. The last race in Berlin motivated me a lot, so I hope I will fulfil my plan this year.” said Bekele. So, in many ways, the BMW Berlin-Marathon 2021 will be an event with historic sporting significance.
Bekele is a four-time Olympic medallist and 16-time world champion who will make his debut at the New York City Marathon on November 7 in the men’s open division. At the Athens 2004 Games, he won gold in the 10,000m and silver in the 5000m, and four years later in Beijing took gold in both distances. He won the 2019 Berlin Marathon in the second-fastest time ever, only two seconds off the world record time set by Eliud Kipchoge in Berlin the year prior.
“I am proud of the many accomplishments in my career, but I have never had the opportunity to compete in the TCS New York City Marathon,” Bekele said. “I am excited that 2021 will be the year for me to make my attempt in New York. Some of my greatest success has come in cross-country running, and I am told that the hills and turns of New York reward athletes with the strength that comes from running cross-country. I will do my best to join that great list of New York City champions.”