In the world-class time of 2:05:30, Eliud Kipchoge won the Haspa Marathon Hamburg, replacing Shami Dawit(Ethiopia) as course record holder.
At the 40th kilometers Kipchoge broke away from his last pursuer, Limenih Getachew, and improved the previous record by 28 seconds. The number one seeded Kenyan ran well ahead of the Ethiopian Getachew (2:07:35, a personal best) and his compatriot Lawrence Kimaiyo (2:10:27) to the finish.
Jan Oliver Hämmerling finished as best German in 18th place with a time of 2:27:15, but the Algerian Mourad Bekakcha won the Hamburg Championships. He improved his personal best by over a minute, running 2:27:04. Dennis Mehlfeld from the Lauf Team Haspa Hamburg Marathon was third in 2:27:55 and was also ranked among the top 20 overall.
Winner of the women's competition was the Lithuanian Diana Lobacevske with a personal best of 2:29:17, the Swiss Maja Neuenschwander (2:30:50) became 2nd and Priscilla Lorchima from Kenya (2:31: 23) was third. Lisa Hahner reached a respectable fourth place after falling down on the first 9 kilometers.
Hahner failed to qualify for the World Championships. Katharina Heinig and Mona Stockhecke were also classified in the top 10. Heinig came in with a time of 2:34:20, Stockhecke with 2:36:50. Both significantly improved their personal best, Heinig by almost five minutes.
The relay of the Lauf Team Haspa Marathon Hamburg with the twins Diana & Elina Zujew, Jana and Kim Elisa Sussmann secured best women's relay in an impressive 2:35:32 the 2nd place in the overall relay standings. Winner was the Team Leipziger Laufladen in 2:31:41.
The first winner of the day was the hand cyclist Vico Merklein - with over three minutes ahead of the 2nd, Arkadiusz Skrzypiński. With a time of 1:06:00, Merklein secured not only the first place, but also improved his result from last year by over three minutes.
The women's competition was won by Silke Pan (1:27:12) well ahead of Sabine Dittmann (1:46:16) and Kerstin Rossek (2:32:44).
12,500 marathoners and approximately 1,500 relays started at 9.00 a.m. Frank Thaleiser, CEO of Hamburg Marathon Veranstaltungs GmbH, offered a positive summary: "Hamburg has shown that running means understanding among nations.
750,000 enthusiastic spectators at the track and also the runners did not let them stop. The minute of silence for Boston and the applause afterwards were very moving moments.
During the run, our thoughts were with the victims of Boston.
We are obviously very pleased about the new course record of Eliud Kipchoge, but it is sad that Lisa Hahner did not make the World Cup standard.
The weather was outstanding as always in Hamburg and we are already looking forward to the 4th May 2014.
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