Manuela Schär’s dominance continued on the streets of Berlin as she chalked up win number seven of Abbott World Marathon Majors Series XII.
It’s another slice of history for the Swiss athlete, who became the only competitor to win in all six Majors cities in a row when she claimned the Virgin Money London Marathon title in April.
With the series concluding back where it began with her world record in 2018, Schär has now written herself into Majors folklore.
This was classic Schär, building an early lead and never looking back. By halfway she was over two and a half minutes clear and as she crossed the line she was almost four minutes away from the rest of the field, finishing in 1:38:07.
The win rubber stamps her second consecutive series crown.
She was followed home by America’s Amanda McGrory. After a year out through injury, the University of Illinois athlete was delighted with her second place, and completed her full set of AbbottWMM races to earn the coveted Six Star Medal.
Australia’s Madison de Rozario came third to cement third place in the women’s wheelchair leaderboard.
It was a Swiss double in Berlin as Marcel Hug pulled off a similarly dominant performance for his second win of the Series XII campaign.
The Silver Bullet was clear of his rivals after 5km and cruised to win by over three and a half minutes. It was not enough to catch series leader Daniel Romanchuk, who was not racing in Berlin, but Hug will head to Chicago to start Series XIII in good form, at least.
David Weir banished memories of a disappointing 2018 race in Berlin with second place ahead of last year’s winner Brent Lakatos, who completes the top three in Sereis XII with the nine points gained today.