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Berlin, GermanyKenyan Joan Aiyabei set a new course record to highlight the ASICS Grand 10 Berlin on Sunday in the German capital.
Aiyabei, who won the Breda Half Marathon a week earlier, clocked 33:48. “I had no idea about the course record,” said the 30 year-old, who improved Ulrike Maisch’s record from 2008 (34:53) by more than a minute. “If it would have been warmer I would have been faster.” The Kenyan dominated the women’s race, finishing nearly five minutes clear of the runner-up.
The men’s race was taken by Jan Kreisinger. The surprise winner from the Czech Republic clocked 29:46 in the cold and partly wet conditions. A duel developed when the expected favourite, Faustin Musa of Tanzania, and Kreisinger surged away from the rest of the field. The two ran together until close to the nine kilometre mark. Then it was the 25 year-old Czech who took the lead and was able to drop his rival.
“This simply is my weather,” said Kreisinger, who will try to qualify for the 5000m for next year’s European Championships. “I am always doing well if it is cool and a bit wet. In hot conditions I would probably not have been able to beat Musa.”
Musa took second in 29:59 ahead of Germany’s 1500 m specialist Wolfram Müller was third in 30:26. “For me as a middle distance runner this is a fine result at this time of the year,” said Müller, who had placed fourth at the European Indoors in March in the 1500m. But then a muscle injury in his leg ruined his hopes of qualifying for the World Championships in Berlin.
Dieter Baumann showed that years after the end of his career he is still very fit. The 1992 Olympic 5000m champion was ninth in 32:53.
Organisers of the ASICS Grand 10 Berlin registered a record number of 6,489 entries from 25 nations for the event, which also included a 2x5 Km relay and a kid’s race. “We are happy about the record field and that figure shows that we are on track with this event,” said Race Director Gerhard Janetzky, who intends to develop the event into Germany’s major 10 Km race.