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Germany: World class running jets off at half-marathon01:12

Germany: World class running jets off at half-marathon

Germany, Berlin
April 7, 2013 at 10:23 GMT +00:00 · Published

Germany: World class running at 33rd half-marathon

A sunny Sunday was welcomed by runners of the Vattenfall half-marathon in Berlin. With 21 kilometres (13 miles) to run, the five degrees Celsius (41 Farenheit) temperature and blue skies set the backdrop to the 33rd half-marathon in Germany's capital.

Later on, wheelchair athletes powered throughout Berlin streets on handcycles while in line skaters bladed along, watched by hundreds cheering them on.

All three winners of the men's running half-marathon were Kenyan. First place went to Jacob Kendagor, 28, with an official finish time of 0:59:36, second place went to 28-year-old Silas Kipruto who finished at 1:00:12 and third place was given to Victor Kipchirchir with a time of 1:00:27.

In first place for the women was 27-year-old Helah Kiprop, who completed the race on her birthday. The Kenyan long-distance runner reached the finish line at 1:07:54, a personal best for her entry into Berlin's half-marathon, with last year coming first at 1:08:26.

Right behind the winner in second place was 26-year-old Kenyan Philes Ongori at 1:08:01. Third place was Mai Ito from Japan at 1:10:00.

For the ninth consecutive year the half-marathon achieved record number of participants competing at the event with over 32,000 athletes involved this year.

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Germany: World class running at 33rd half-marathon

A sunny Sunday was welcomed by runners of the Vattenfall half-marathon in Berlin. With 21 kilometres (13 miles) to run, the five degrees Celsius (41 Farenheit) temperature and blue skies set the backdrop to the 33rd half-marathon in Germany's capital.

Later on, wheelchair athletes powered throughout Berlin streets on handcycles while in line skaters bladed along, watched by hundreds cheering them on.

All three winners of the men's running half-marathon were Kenyan. First place went to Jacob Kendagor, 28, with an official finish time of 0:59:36, second place went to 28-year-old Silas Kipruto who finished at 1:00:12 and third place was given to Victor Kipchirchir with a time of 1:00:27.

In first place for the women was 27-year-old Helah Kiprop, who completed the race on her birthday. The Kenyan long-distance runner reached the finish line at 1:07:54, a personal best for her entry into Berlin's half-marathon, with last year coming first at 1:08:26.

Right behind the winner in second place was 26-year-old Kenyan Philes Ongori at 1:08:01. Third place was Mai Ito from Japan at 1:10:00.

For the ninth consecutive year the half-marathon achieved record number of participants competing at the event with over 32,000 athletes involved this year.