Kenya’s Philimon Kipchumba smashed the race course record at the 36th edition of the Generali Munich Marathon held on Sunday (09) in Munich, Germany.
The 23 year-old who was making his marathon debut battled for honors with the world junior marathon record holder, Tsegaye Mekonnen from Ethiopia who also was the fastest athlete on paper with a time of 2:04.32 that he got on his debut at the 2014 Dubai Marathon where he took the honors.
The 27 year-old was dropped shortly before and later dropped out, but a compact group remained together in the lead until the late stages of the race. Kipchumba led a group of five as they passed the 35k mark in 1:45.33. The pacemaker Boniface Kiplimo of Kenya dropped out shortly afterwards and the battle between Kipchumba and Mengistu Zelalem from Ethiopia took center stage as they jostle each other till the 41km mark.
Kipchumba engaged his gear on high as he left the Ethiopian fighting for air to erase the old course record of 2:09.46 that had been set in 2000 by Michael Kite from Kenya with a new course time and personal best of 2:07.28. This was his first career win according to World Athletics statistics.
“I did not quite expect to run such a fast debut. But my training went very well and hard work has finally paid off,” said Kipchumba.
Zelalem was left with no option but to settle in second place twenty eight seconds later with his compatriot Berhane Tesfaye closing the podium three finishes in 2:08.10.
We are extremely happy with the great course records. We have reached new dimensions today and we intend to build on this success,” said Race Director Gernot Weigl.
It was the first time in over 20 years that organisers brought back a proper elite field. That was the reason why the long standing course record was smashed by several minutes on Sunday.
Germans Sebastian Hendel who was also making his marathon debut finished strong in fourth in a personal best of 2:10.37 with Kenya’s Edwin Kimaiyo finishing in fifth in 2:11.02.
- Philimon Kipchumba (KEN) 2:07.28
- Mengistu Zelalem (ETH) 2:07.56
- Berhane Tesfaye (ERI) 2:08.10
- Sebastian Hendel (GER) 2:10.37
- Edwin Kimaiyo (KEN) 2:11.02
- Rodgers Keror (KEN) 2:12.34
- Meshack Koech (KEN) 2:14.53
- Ngonidzashe Ncube (ZIM) 2:15.39