September 25, 2017
Did you miss yesterday’s BMW Berlin Marathon?
The 2017 BMW Berlin Marathon may have not resulted in a world record, but the men’s race was epic and Stuart Storey‘s call of the final half mile on the international feed of the race was pure brilliance. Below you can watch the exciting men’s finish and listen to Storey’s great call as Kipchoge pulls away from Guye Adola after 40k.
Text of Storey’s great call starting at the 2:00:56 mark, “He’s now in full flight – the Olympic champion, the best marathon runner the world has ever scene – heading now towards the finish ahead of a young man who has acquitted himself so unbelievably well in the form of Guye Adola of Ethiopia.”
“Once they get to the Brandenburg Gate, there is 400 meters through to the finish.”
“Kipchoge always had that little look of confidence on his face, even when Adola ran away from him, even explaining to the young man [that] the blue line is the shortest possible route in this marathon – that is where we should run to. He had the confidence to tell him [that], let him run away, come back past him and run away from him again. He is a master, he is a master technician, a master tactician, a man with tremendous physicality, a man with a psyche that will not allow him to be beaten.
“The crowd now is vast down by Brandenburg Gate. He is absolutely in full flight now.”
“Total and utter control throughout this race. We saw the demise of Bekele at 22 kilometers, we saw the demise of Wilson Kipsang at 30 kilometers and then of course a young man, a young pretender, Guy Adola, who has never run a marathon before, [he’s] looking very, very tired now, tried to test the master and he did for a while, but with 400 meters to go Eliud Kipchoge is going to come through to take this. The world record is not going to be broken today, that’s for sure. The weather didn’t allow that. That’s a shame because we had the very best in the world come together, but this man is without any doubt,without any question, the best marathoner runner we’ve ever seen. [A] fabulous, fabulous tactician. From world champion at the age of 18 over 5000 meters to winning 8 now of his last 9 marathons. He will not be beaten. He’s only been beaten once and that was by the man who has dropped out [today] at 30 kilometers – only once and it took a world record to beat him on that occasion. Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya looks up at the clock. It’s not the fastest time we’ve seen here but I tell you what, it’s been one of the most enthralling races I’ve seen here, Eliud Kipchoge is the winner of the 44th Berlin Marathon, a sensational piece of tactical running.”
3 minute video highlight clip without announcers below.
Full LetsRun.com coverage of 2017 Berlin here.