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Marathon's sole survivor

Eliud Kipchoge triumphs in Berlin 

Eliud Kipchoge failed in his bid to set a third straight world record at the Berlin marathon on Sunday after winning in a time of 2:04:01.

Kenya’s Kipchoge had targeted compatriot Dennis Kimetto’s world record of 2:02:57 set in the capital last year, which in turn had bettered Wilson Kipsang’s previous record of 2:03:23 from 2013.

Eliud Kipchoge nears the finish of the Berlin Marathon on September 27 having run most of the race with his insoles partly out of his shoesIt was not to be for Kipchoge, this year’s London marathon winner, who was hampered by a problem with his shoes early on, but still went on to run the world’s fastest marathon time this year and a personal best.

“At some point, the soles came out of my shoes, but I had no time to sort it out and it made things hard as it gave me some pain,” explained Kipchoge.

“It wasn’t pleasant on impact with the ground during the race.

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Germany News in Brief - October 1, 2015

Walls come tumbling down

BERLIN – The capital’s long-delayed BER international airport has been hit by yet another hold-up, as authorities announced on Monday that 600 walls in the terminal need to be rebuilt.

The walls do not conform with fire safety regulations, Karsten Mühlenfeld, director of BER airport, told a meeting of the Brandenburg parliament, Tagesspiegel reported.

Mühlenfeld said that the discovery was made after airport authorities set a provisional opening date for the building for the second half of 2017, indicating that Berliners will have to keep waiting for the first flights to leave their new airport.

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Merkel agrees €2bn extra in refugee aid

Merkel and state leaders agreed last Thursday to increase federal funding for refugee aidAt a summit called in Berlin on September 24, Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed to provide an extra €2 billion of federal funds for refugee aid to Germany’s states over the coming year.

While the federal government agreed to take much of the financial burden of providing for refugees away from the country’s 16 states, Merkel and the state leaders also agreed to sharpen the conditions for granting asylum in Germany.

Merkel agreed to give the federal states an extra €1 billion in 2015, plus €4 billion to cope with the crisis in 2016 instead of the previously agreed upon €3 billion.

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