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It Will Be Gebrselassie Versus Makau In Berlin

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Sep. 16, 2011
  • Updated Sep. 16, 2011 at 6:50 AM UTC
Patrick Makau returns to Berlin hoping to defeat Haile Gebrselassie. Photo: Sky Sports

Both athletes plan to qualify for the 2012 Olympics there.

Patrick Makau returns to Berlin hoping to defeat Haile Gebrselassie. Photo: Sky Sports

A big showdown is brewing in Berlin. Next weekend, defending champion Patrick Makau will square off against the world record holder in the marathon, Haile Gebrselassie, at the Berlin Marathon. The race is scheduled for September 25.

Makau, a Kenyan who clocked the fastest marathon time in 2010, expects Gebrselassie to be ready to run fast.

“I trust he will again be very quick here but I will try to focus on my own race,” he said. “If towards the end we are still together then the strongest one will win.”

Both Makau, 26 years old, and Gebrselassie, 38, hope to use the Berlin Marathon to qualify for the 2012 Olympics in London.

Gebrselassie is a four-time winner of Berlin and set the world record on the course in 2008.  Makau won last year’s Berlin Marathon in 2:05:08.

In the women’s race, Paula Radcliffe, who own’s the women’s world record in the marathon, will be competing against hometown favorite Irinia Mikitenko of Germany.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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