A debutant upset the favourites of the 35th Vattenfall BERLIN HALF MARATHON: 21 year-old Ethiopian Birhanu Legese won the race in 59:45 after a thrilling sprint finish. Kenya’s David Kogei finished second (59:46). Race favourite Abraham Cheroben of Kenya came in third in 59:49.
Cynthia Kosgei took the women’s race with 70:52, beating fellow-Kenyan Elizabe Cherono by four seconds. Isabellah Andersson finished third in 70:56. The Swedish runner who originally comes from Kenya had been in the lead until 15 k.
32,025 runners from 106 nations entered the Vattenfall BERLIN HALF MARATHON.