Berlin, Germany – Patrick Makau Musyoki won the Vattenfall Berlin Half Marathon clocking the fourth fastest time ever run at this distance, disregrading times from courses that do not match criteria for records.
The 22-year-old Kenyan ran 58:56 minutes, improving last year’s course record of Paul Kosgei (Kenya) by eleven seconds. Only Sammy Wanjiru (Kenya/58:35 and 58:53) and Haile Gebrselassie (Ethiopia/58:55) have run faster. Two more Kenyans finished within 60 minutes in Berlin: Francis Kibiwott took second in 59:26 while Evans Cheruiyot was third with 59:48.
In fine weather conditions Benita Johnson became the first Australian to win the Berlin Half Marathon. Preparing for the London Marathon in three weeks time she clocked 68:28 minutes.