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Three world records set by Takahashi in Berlin

Naoko Takahashis success in Berlin


Naoko Takahashi (JAP) was the first woman ever to break the 2.20 barrier in the marathon when she clocked 2.19.46 to win the 28th real,- BERLIN-MARATHON on September 30, 2001, opening a new chapter in the history of the famously fast Berlin course.

The SCC marathon organizers have now submitted the complete record documents for recognition by the IAAF in Monaco. The documents show that Takahashi set a total of three world records on the way to her legendary Berlin achievement, passing 25 km in 1.22.31, 30 km in 1.39.02 and 42.195 km in 2.19.46

Mark Milde, elite athlete coordinator of the real,- BERLIN-MARATHON, saw it coming and had official clerks of the Berlin Athletics Association record Takahashi’s split times at the 25k and 30k marks of the course. This was a precondition for the records to be officially recognized. Although the marathon world best was bettered only a week later in Chicago, the 25 km and 30 km records still stand. Berlin’s proud tally now includes a total of eight world records set along the streets of this city.

It all started in 1977 with Christa Vahlensieck, followed in 1988 by Dadi Tesfaye (junior world record), 1997 by Kenya (world record for national teams), 1998 by Ronaldo da Costa (men’s) and 1999 by Tegla Loroupe (women’s).

Almost unnoticed went the new Swiss record achieved in this year’s real,- BERLIN-MARATHON by Viktor Röthlin who finished 10th in 2.10.54. It was the 30th national record set in the Berlin marathon history.

Arguably on a par with the outstanding results of the marathon is the half-marathon best of 59.52 by Fabian Roncero in the 21st BERLINER HALBMARATHON on April 1, 2001, which still is the fastest time run this year, and the second European record set on the ultra-fast course after Carsten Eich’s 1.00.34 way back in 1993.

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