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More than 45 thousand people are ready to run in the Berlin Marathon

Last year, the Berlin Marathon was the first of six major world marathons to gather runners after the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. Last year, 25 thousand participants competed.

“This year there will be approximately the same number of participants as in 2019,” said Jürgen Lok, one of the representatives of the organizing team. “It shows that we are getting back to normal.”

Runners from 157 countries have registered for the competition, which is a record number of represented nations.

Two-time Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge from Kenya will also compete in the Berlin Marathon, who will try to improve his world record achieved in 2018, when he managed to complete the marathon distance in two hours, one minute and 39 seconds.

“I want to have a good run. Whether it’s a world record or my best result, I want it to be a good run,” the runner told reporters. “I don’t think I can run faster than two hours.”

In 2020, the Berlin Marathon did not take place due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but last year the Ethiopians Gotitoma Gebreslas and Guje Adola won, celebrating success in both the women’s and men’s competition.

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