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Aberu Kebede Going For Berlin Record

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Sep. 28, 2012
  • Updated Sep. 28, 2012 at 10:12 AM UTC
Aberu Kebede crossing the finish line in Berlin. Photo: Getty Images

She is hoping for better weather than she had two years ago.

This weekend, the streets of Berlin will be filled with thousands of runners. Their goal: run as fast as possible for 26.2 miles.

The elites are no different. For Ethiopia’s Aberu Kebede, Sunday’s race will be all about breaking the course record.

Two years ago, she had some bad luck when the conditions, downpours along the course, were miserable. Yesterday in the German capital, it appeared that this year’s race will be similar, but weather forecasts are looking good.

“I’d prefer pleasant conditions, no rain, and not too cold,” Kebede said. ”I wanted to come back here, after winning two years ago,” said Kebede, “I feel confident I can produce another good result. If everything goes well on Sunday, I think I can run under 2:20. That’s my aim.”

Another Ethiopian, Tirfi Tsegaye, is also on the hunt for the record. “Yes, we train together,” she said, alluding to Kebede, “but there’s no real rivalry, although obviously we both want to win. I think I can improve on my 2:21.”

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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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