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