Saturday, September 25, 2010

BERLIN MARATHON 2010: Im Rampenlicht / In The Spotlight - Patrick Makau


Patrick Makau Musyoki (born March 2, 1985 in Manyanzwani, Eastern Province) is a runner from Kenya. He is most notable for his half marathon performances, having won a number of prominent competitions in Europe. He is also known for his speed over the distance: at 58:52 he has the second fastest half marathon time after world record holder Samuel Wanjiru.[1] He won the 2010 Rotterdam Marathon in a time of 2:04:48 – this made him the fourth fastest ever over the marathon distance. He is managed by Zane Branson and Derek Froude of Posso Sports.

Musyoki went to Unyuani Primary School until 1999, after which he joined Kyeni Academy, Misiani. He started running in 2001.[2] He competed at the 2006 IAAF World Road Running Championships and finished in 26th place.

He finished second at the 2007 Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon by running 59:13 minutes, being beaten only by Samuel Wanjiru who set the then world record (58:53) at the same race.[2] He won silver at the 2007 IAAF World Road Running Championships and 2008 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships. He was also part of the Kenyan team that won the team race both times.

He won at the City-Pier-City Loop in 2008. Musyoki won the 2009 Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon setting the second best ever Half marathon time ever 58:52. The world record, 58:33 is held by Samuel Wanjiru.[3] He made his marathon debut at the 2009 Rotterdam Marathon, finishing fourth and setting a fast time (2:06:14 hours),[4] short of the fastest marathon debut, set by Evans Rutto at the 2003 Chicago Marathon (2:05:50 hours).[5] Muskoyi returned to the Hague for the City-Pier-City Loop in 2010 and won for a second time, clocking another sub-one hour time of 59:52.[6] After this he significantly improved his marathon best to 2:04:48 to win the Rotterdam Marathon, becoming the fourth fastest runner over the history of the distance.

Road races wins

Zanzibar Half Marathon - 2005
Tarsus International Half Marathon (Turkey) - 2006
Von Berlin 25K - 2006, 2007
London 10K - 2006
Bristol Half Marathon - 2006
Lahore 10K - 2007
Berlin Half Marathon - 2007, 2008
Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon - 2008, 2009
Reading Half Marathon - 2008
City-Pier-City Half Marathon (The Hague) - 2008
Rotterdam Half Marathon - 2008
City-Pier-City Loop - 2010
Rotterdam Marathon - 2010


Patrick Makau is aiming to smash the world marathon record in Berlin on Sunday - with help from his fellow Kenyans.

The 25-year-old will be aiming to break Haile Gebrselassie's mark in the German capital, which stands at two hours three minutes and 59 seconds. Makau has already achieved a mark of 2:04.48 in Rotterdam in April.

Makau knows the flat and fast circuit offers the perfect opportunity to emulate the current two-year-old figure.

He said: "I'm in good form and aiming to do well in Berlin, I'm capable of breaking the world record but even my friends are capable also."

The world's fourth-fastest marathon runner of all-time was referring in particular to fellow countrymen Geoffrey Mutai, who finished just seven seconds behind him in their Rotterdam encounter, and this year's Prague champion Eliud Kiptanui.

The trio are now hoping selected pacemakers will take them initially through the halfway point in 62 minutes and others will then prolong the world record schedule until the 30-kilometre mark.

"That's where the race begins," insisted Makau, competing in only his fourth marathon since his debut 18 months ago.

"But we will need to co-operate (to maintain the pace) when the others drop away."

Mutai returning to the roads after an excellent track season and 21-year-old Kiptanui lowered his personal best by seven minutes when clocking 2:05.39 with his Prague success in May.

"We can do much better than we did in Rotterdam," insisted Mutai where he and Makau were slowed by a strong headwind in the closing stages of the race.

"What we really need is co-operation after the pacemakers drop."

Sabrina Mockenhaupt will be hoping for a podium finish in the women's race where the Ethiopian pair of Bezunesh Bekele and Abera Kebede start favourites.

Mockenhaupt revealed: "In the beginning I will not try to run with the fastest runners - that would be harakiri. I know you have to take a certain risk but I have my own schedule."

RE-VIEW: Makau storms 2:04:48 in Rotterdam

With a sizzling 2:04:48 victory, Patrick Makau became the fourth fastest marathoner ever after his 2:04:48 victory at the Rotterdam Marathon on Sunday.

Windy and rather cold (8-10 degrees C) conditions were a hindrance to the hope of bettering the Rotterdam course record, set last year after a thrilling finish between the Kenyans Duncan Kibet and James Kwambai who with 2:04:27 clocked the fastest marathon time of 2009.

But Makau weathered the conditions more than adequately with his effort, at the moment the fastest of the year. His compatriot Geoffrey Mutai also broke the 2:05 barrier, finishing second in 2:04:55.

While the men’s contest had a close finish, the women's edtion was a lonely affair for Ethiopian Aberu Kebede who clocked 2:25:29. American Magdalena Lewy-Boulet was second in 2:26:22, a personal best.

Dutch road races are good for Patrick Makau. The 25-year-old Kenyan ran his ninth Half Marathon on 14 March at The Hague winning in 59:51.

“The victory in The Hague was the decision to start in the Rotterdam marathon.'' Makau said. “I had injury problems since last year. The half marathon in The Hague gave me the feeling that everything was okay'' And Makau showed that he was O.K., kicking away from Mutai over the final kilometre.

After 32 kilometres in the Kralingse Bos (Kralingen Wood) the young Ethiopian Feyisa Lelisa, just 20, broke away from a group of ten. Pressing the pace, the group broke. Makau, Mutai and a third Kenyan, Vincent Kipruto, followed, with the quartet running together behind Lelisa.

The four passed the 35Km marker in 1:43:52, when the Lelisa, and then Kipruto, fell back. In the final seven kilometres it became a duel between Makau and Mutai with Makau mostly leading before making his final break.

In the women’s contest Kebede led from the outset for her dominating victory.

Wim van Hemert for the IAAF

Leading Results -
1. Patrick Makau KEN 2:04:48 PB
(splits: 14:48-29; 16-43:57; 58:40; 1:02:08; 1:13:51; 1:28:58; 1:43:52; 1:58:38)
2. Geoffrey Mutai KEN 2:04:55 PB
3. Vincent Kipruto KEN 2:05:13 PB
4. Feyisa Lelisa ETH 2:05:23 PB
5. Bernard Kipyego KEN 2:07:01 PB debut
6. Francis Kiprop KEN 2:08:53
7. Daniel Rono KEN 2:09:49
8. Elias Chelimo Kemboi KEN 2:10:29
9. Koen Raymaekers NED 2:11:09 PB Dutch champion
10. Yared Dagnaw Sharew ERI 2:11:28
11. Jonathan Maiyo KEN 2:12:45 P debut
12. Michael Shelley AUS 2:13:05 PB debut
13. James Carney USA 2:15:50 PB
14. Evans Kiplagat KEN 2:16:25
15. Ronals Schroer NED 2:16:28 PB second in Dutch championship
16. Rens Dekkers NED 2:17:10 PB third in Dutch championship
17. Jeppe Farsoeht DEN 2:18:47 PB
18. Jason Warick CAN 2:21:09
19. Rachid Benjira SWE 2:21:20
20. James Kwambai KEN 2:24:07 (second last year in 2:04:27)

RE-VIEW: Makau and Wangui win again in The Hague

Patrick Makau and Pauline Wangui know how to win in The Hague. On a rather windy and cool (8 degrees CT) day the Kenyans returned to win the 36th edition of the Fortis City-Pier-City Half Marathon on Sunday (14).

Makau won the race in 2008 and his compatriot Wangui was the fastest woman for the third successive year.

Makau outsprinted Ethiopian Eshetu Wendimu winning in 59:51 beating his last opponent in the prolonged final sprint by one second. Three other runners also broke the 60 minutes barrier: John Mwangangi (59:56 PB), Eric Ndiema (59:57) and Robert Kipchuba (59:58).

From the start a large group of 15 passed the 5 kilometres marker in 14:27/14:28 led by pre-race favourite Makau, who already had eight sub-60 minute Half Marathons under his belt. This split time didn’t look promising for yet another sub-60, but in the next five kilometers the pace quickened to 14:11, which reduced the lead group to 11. With Mwangangi leading the charge, a group of seven reached 15Km in 42:56.

At 20 kilometres (57:16) the group of seven was still very close with Mwangangi still in front. In the final kilometer, Bernard Kipyego could not keep up with the leaders and was dropped. In the final stretch to the finish on the Malieveld took the victory.

The women’s race was not as close an affair as the men’s. Pauline Wangui won her second race in a week’s time in the Netherlands. Last Sunday the 25-year-old Kenyan also won the 20 Kilometres of Alphen in a personal best of 1:06:21.

Until the tenth kilometer Wangui had compatriot Irene Jerotich at her side. But by the midway point, Jerotich couldn’t follow any longer. Wangui won in 1:10:36, 41 seconds ahead of Jerotich.

Wim van Hemert for the IAAF

Leading Results -
Half marathon:

1. Patrick Makau KEN 59:52 ( splits 14:17-28:38-42:57-57:16)
2. Eshetu Wendimu ETH 59:53 PB
3. John Mwangangi KEN 59:56 PB
4. Eric Ndiema KEN 59:57 PB
5. Robert Kipchumba KEN 59:58
6. Bernard Kipyego KEN 1:00:02
7. Julius Arile KEN 1:00:31 PB
8. Robert Mbithi KEN 1:01:00 PB
9. Philemon Kisang KEN 1:01:35
10. Ezekiel Meli KEN 1:01:43 PB
11. Philimon Terer KEN 1:01:45
12. Cuthbert Nyasanga ZIM 1:02:27
13. Yonas Kifle ERI 1:02:32
14. Koen Raymaekers NED 1:02:48
15. Barnabas Kosgei KEN 1:02:55

Women -
1. Pauline Wangui KEN 1.10.36 (splits 16:19-32:57-50:05-1:07:14)
2. Irene Jerotich KEN 1:11:17 PB
3. Merel de Knegt NED 1:13:10 PB
4. Christina Bus Holth SWE 1:14:50 PB
5. Inge de Jong NED 1:15:28 PB
6. Lindsay van Marrewijk NED 1:15:40 PB