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Röthlin breaks Swiss marathon record

More than 37,000 participants took part in the Berlin Marathon

(Keystone Archive)

The Swiss runner, Viktor Röthlin, has finished in eighth place at the Berlin Marathon, setting a new Swiss record. Sunday's result enables him to participate in next year's European Championships in Munich.

The 27-year-old finished the race in 2 hours, 10 minutes and 54 seconds. This was two minutes and seven seconds slower than the winner of the race, Kenya's Joseph Ngolepus.

Röthlin beat his personal best time of 2:12'22" which he obtained in Rotterdam in April. He also broke the Swiss record set by Daniel Böltz in 2:11'10" at the Los Angeles marathon in 1991.

"If there is a perfect way to run a race, I think that's what I did in Berlin," Röthlin said after the event. "It was a marvellous feeling."

The athlete from canton Obwald made his greatest efforts after running half the distance. He overtook a large number of opponents during the last meters of the race.

Over 37,000 participants took part in Sunday's marathon.

swissinfo with agencies

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