Inline Skaters Break Records At Berlin Marathon

More than 5,000 skaters took part in Saturday’s event in the German capital.

Kenyan Dennis Kimetto wasn’t the only athlete to break a record at the Berlin Marathon over the weekend.

A day before the runners began Sunday’s 26.2-mile journey to the finish line, the men’s and women’s inline skating races took place. Both winners broke the course record in that event.

Belgian Bart Swings skated to a time of 58 minutes, 10 seconds to capture victory in the men’s race. A speed skater, Swings has 11 world championships gold medals on the ice and several silver and bronze medals.

On the road, Swings holds the 10,000-meter inline skating world record of 14:41.425.

In Berlin, Swings finished ahead of Severin Widmer (Switzerland) and Gary Hekman (Netherlands).

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In the women’s race, Manon Kamminga of the Netherlands eclipsed the course record with a time of 1:07:44. Katharina Rumpus (Germany) took second and Elma de Vries (Netherlands) claimed third.

The race was marred by a crash that brought down nearly every elite female in the field, a 16 kilometers in. The racers at the front seemed to make contact with a race moto around a right turn and took out most of the competitors. Three skaters were taken to the hospital.

5,652 skaters took part in the race.

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