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).
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.