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Amanol Petros clearly underpacked the German marathon record in Valencia Sunday. In 2:07:18 hours he was more than a minute faster than Arne Gabius in Frankfurt in 2015.
What a race! Amanol Petros (TV Wattenscheid 01) stepped on the gas from the start in the Valencia Marathon (Spain) on Sunday and was quickly headed to 2:06 p.m. Anyone who was worried that the 25-year-old would break into the half marathon mark of 1:03:09 hours, was punished by the lie: although the second half of the race was not quite as fast anymore , He kept the pace high and crossed finally after a fantastic 2:07:18 hours (after unofficial) the finish line.
The German record of Arne Gabius (Therapy Reha Bottwartal) was history. In 2015, Gabius set the 27-year-old record at 2:08:33 hours in Frankfurt. Five years later, Germany again has a new German record holder, and his name is Ammanal Petros.
Concern for the family in Ethiopia
The performance of the Wattenscheider is ever superior when you know what private care Amalone Petros have been worried about for several weeks: the long-distance rider is worried about his family, who fled from his home country Eritrea to Ethiopia when he was two years old . Amanol Petros volunteered in Germany as a refugee at the age of 16. His mother and sister still live in the Tigray area, which is currently experiencing bloody clashes with the Ethiopian government.
“I can not reach my family for four weeks,” Amanal Petros reported on Instagram on Thursday, publishing a depressing status report to which he received many frightening and encouraging reactions. “With the uncertainty of whether my family and friends are okay or not, I will run my second marathon in Valencia on Sunday. I will approach boldly and think of my people who perished for no reason or had to flee.”
Olympic standard for Richard Ringer
For debutant Richard Ringer (LC Rehlingen), not all wishes were true, but in 2:10:59 hours he made a remarkable debut of marathon and was the second fastest German. He wanted to run to 2:10 hours with a negative split and a faster second half of the race. But after a half marathon time of 1:04:36 hours, the second half got tough, especially towards the end. With his performance, Richard Ringer is now the third German after Amanal Petros and Hendrik Pfeiffer to undercut the Olympic standard (2:11:30 h) for Tokyo.
For Philipp Pflieger (LT Haspa Marathon Hamburg), an emotional week ended with a new best time of 2:12:15 hours – he also set the Olympic standard and was on a good run for a long time before his strength Is at the end. The Olympic participant had to worry about his start to the end after his primary corona test was false positive and he could only travel to Valencia for a few days and some negative tests afterwards.
After a little more than half of the race, Tom Gröschel (TC Fiko Rostock) had to get out. The German Championship Champion in 2019 had to deal with an infection at the start of the race and could not keep up with the fast pace of the German competitors. After 1:07:01 hours he passed the Half Marathon mark, the 29-year-old no longer reached the 25km.