The race-day conditions were brutal.
Enduring unseasonably warm temperatures (70 degrees Fahrenheit), Nahashon Kimaiyo of Kenya won the Dusseldorf Marathon on Sunday. His time was 2:10:54. Vasyl Remshchuck of Ukraine placed second (2:13:09) and Jonathan Yego of Kenya (2:13:50) was third.
In addition to the heat, runners had to cope with strong headwinds throughout the course, which caused many from the elite field to drop out of the race.
By 18K, the pacemaking was not going as planned, with André Pollmäche of Germany–the rabbit who was supposed to lead the runners to the half–dropping back.
With no pacemakers, eventual winner Kimaiyo ended up making the decisive move.
No one else followed him.
“When the pacemaker dropped back early I had the choice of either running in the group and probably finishing in around 2:15 or trying to give it a go myself. So I went for it, but I was surprised that none of the others went with me,” Kimaiyo recalled afterward.
In the women’s race, Merima Mohammed of Ethiopia was victorious, finishing in 2:28:15.
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