Kenya's Joan Aiyabei produced the highlight at the ASICS Grand 10 Berlin on Sunday by breaking the course record in this 10 k race. While she clocked 33:48 minutes the men's race was taken by Jan Kreisinger. The surprise winner from the Czech Republic clocked 29:46 in cold and partly wet conditions. Organisers of the ASICS Grand 10 Berlin registered a record number of 6,489 entries from 25 nations for the event, which also included a 2x5 k relay and a kid's race. "We are happy about the record field and that figure shows that we are on track with this event," stated Race Director Gerhard Janetzky, who intends to develop the ASICS Grand 10 into Germany's major 10 k race.
In the men's race a duel developed, when the expected favourite Faustin Musa (Tansania) and Jan Kreisinger surged away from the rest of the field. The two ran together until close to the 9 k mark. Then it was the 25 year-old Czech who took the lead and was able to drop his rival. "This simply is my weather. I am always doing well if it is cool and a bit wet. In hot conditions I would probably not have been able to beat Faustin Musa," said Jan Kreisinger, who will try to qualify for the 5,000 m of next year's European Championships.
While Faustin Musa took second place in 29:59 Germany's 1,500 m specialist Wolfram Müller was third in 30:26. "For me as a middle distance runner this is a fine result at this time of the year," said Wolfram Müller, who had placed fourth at the European Indoors in March in the 1,500 m final. But then a muscle injury in his leg ruined his hopes of qualifying for the World Championships in Berlin. Dieter Baumann showed that years after the end of his career he is still very fit. The 5,000 m Olympic Champion from Barcelona 1992 came in ninth with 32:53 minutes.
Baumann was still well ahead of women's winner Joan Aiyabei, who finished in a course record of 33:48 minutes. "I had no idea about the course record. If it would have been warmer I would have been faster," said the 30 year-old, who improved Ulrike Maisch's record from 2008 (34:53) by more than a minute. Dawn Domaschk (USA/38:31) and Kathrin Wyss (Switzerland/38:52) took the next places well behind the winner.
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Berlin winner Joan Aiyabei. Photo: berlin-runs.com / P. Dera