Berlin Marathon 2021
September 26, 2021 - Starting and finishing at the Brandenburg Gate, the Berlin Marathon is part of the World Marathon Majors series, and many world records have been set on Berlin’s fast, flat course.
Defending champion Kenenisa Bekele heads the men’s field in Berlin. Bekele, 39, who narrowly missed out on eclipsing Eluid Kipchoge’s world record by just two seconds in 2019, will face tough competition from long-term rivals including fellow Ethiopians Guye Adola and Olika Adugna, returning to action after winning the Dubai marathon on debut in 2020.
In the women’s race, Hiwot Gebrekidan aims to complete an all-Ethiopian winners podium as the favourite to clinch the title. Gebrekidan, the only women to start the race with a sub-2:20 personal best, will face a strong challenge from Purity Rionoripo of Kenya.
The World Marathon Majors comprises six races globally: London, Boston, Berlin, Chicago, New York, with Tokyo promoted to major status most recently, in 2013.
2021 World Marathon Majors:
Sep 26: Berlin
Oct 3: London
Oct 10: Chicago
Oct 11: Boston
Oct 17: Tokyo
Nov 7: New York