He fell far short from a world record.
Even though it was expected, world-record holder Patrick Makau prevailed at the Frankfurt Marathon on Sunday. His winning time of 2:06:08 wasn’t a new record and, relatively speaking, not that fast.
Under cool skies, the Kenyan battled to stay in contention–often sticking in the back of the lead pack.
Over 34K into the race, Deressa Chimsa of Ethiopia appeared to be the sure winner, but Makau wasn’t going to let him go; he reeled in the Ethiopian and seized the lead by 39K.
“My legs weren’t working today,” said Makau, of his slower-than-expected time. “They just weren’t reacting. But I found the strength in the end.”
Zane Branson, who manages Makau, explained that the runner just kept a steady pace during the race and that his sluggish-looking performance was explained by all the surges that took place.
Meanwhile, in the women’s event, Meselech Melakamu of Ethiopia blazed the course, setting a new event record in 2:21:01.
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