Kenya’s Philemon Kiplimo will be targeting to break the 40th edition of the Berlin Half Marathon record on 22 Sunday 2021 in Berlin, German.
Kiplimo will try to attack the race course record of 58:42 that was set 2019 by Eric Kiptanui who is also from Kenya.
The 22 year-old became the sixth fastest runner ever in the half marathon when he ran 58:11 in Valencia in December last year.
“I have prepared for two months for this race and I am ready to break this course record,” said Kiplimo
Two more Kenyans have been added to this start list who are also sub one. This is Felix Kipkoech who clocked the fastest time in 2021 when he won the Siena Half Marathon in Italy with a time of 59:35 in February. This mark could well fall in Berlin.
Josphat Tanui has run slightly faster with a personal best of 59:22. He ran this time in 2017 in the Czech city of Usti nad Labem on a course which is not regarded as particularly fast.
Two Germans national, Philipp Pflieger and Tom Gröschel will looking to improve their personal bests of 62:50 and 64:09 respectively.
“I believe we have assembled fine fields. If weather conditions will be suitable we should see fast times and hopefully get a course record in the men’s race,” said Race Director Mark Milde.