that guy from Germany wrote:
Just as a side note to put the time of Curtis into perspective. At Frankfurt was also the German Marathon Chamionship, this is the result:
1.SchÃ¶fisch, Marcus 2:20:08
2. Schreindl, Tobias 2:20:38
3.Ernst, Jannik 2:21:14
So Curtis was more than 8 minutes faster than the German Champion and also one Minute in front of the next runner not form KEN/ETH. Or simply fast enough that People on the streets in Frankfurt were suprised to see an American in the middle of the Ken/ETH elite race.
The German championships are not taken seriously by top German marathoners. I admit that Germany doesn't have nearly the depth than the US has at the moment , but German marathon is on the upswing. I need to look up the list but I think 2:15 ranks 5th this year- and this is without Arne Gabius who ran 2:08 last year.
Congrats to Curtis though.
Yes, nobody cares about the German championships (except age group athletes maybe). But 2:15 ranks 2nd this year (Uliczka 2:15:02). Only Pfeiffer (2:13:09) was faster in 2016. Pflieger's 2:12 and FlÃ¼gel's 2:13 are from last year. Just sayin'. Gabius is the only German marathoner who is somewhat competitive on an international level, but he's old and injury-prone.
2:13:09 Hendrik Pfeiffer 93 TV Wattenscheid 24.04. DÃ¼sseldorf
2:15:02 Steffen Uliczka 84 SG Kronshagen/Kieler TB 25.09. Berlin
2:17:10 Julian FlÃ¼gel 86 Team Memmert 17.04. Hamburg
2:18:56 Philipp Pflieger 87 LG Telis Finanz Regensburg 21.08. Rio de Jan./BRA
2:19:25 Geronimo von Wartburg 88 LG Kreis Verden 25.09. Berlin
2:20:08 Marcus SchÃ¶fisch 87 SC DHfK Leipzig 30.10. Frankfurt
2:20:38 Tobias Schreindl 88 LG Passau 30.10. Frankfurt
2:21:14 Jannik Ernst 90 TV WaldstraÃŸe Wiesbaden 30.10. Frankfurt
2:21:35 Andreas Strassner 79 Team Memmert 30.10. Frankfurt
2:21:40 Benedikt Hoffmann 85 TSG Heilbronn 30.10. Frankfurt