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Kendagor stars in Berlin, Bolt salutes Bayern


BOLT-DEEJAYBERLIN, Germany, April 7 – Kenya’s Jacob Kendagor won the Berlin half marathon on Sunday, and dipped under the hour mark for the first time in his career, as Kenyan runners dominated both the mens and womens races.

Kendagor, 29, came home in 59min 36secs to win the men’s race ahead of compatriot’s Silas Kipruto (1hr 12secs) and Victor Kipchirchir (1hr 27sec), while Helah Kiprop celebrated her 28th birthday by winning in 1hour 07.54min.

Compatriot Philes Ongori, who won the 2012 race, finished second in 1hour 08.01min with Japan’s Mai Ito third in 1hour 10.00min to prevent Kenyan athletes claiming the top three places in both competitions.

Meanwhile, double Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt has passed on his congratulations to Bayern Munich on winning the Bundesliga title in record time.

Bolt, who defended his 100m and 200m Olympic titles at London 2012, is occasionally in Munich to see renown sports doctor Hans-Wilhelm Mueller-Wohlfahrt, who also works with the Bayern team and the Germany side.

The 26-year-old specifically thanked Dr Mueller-Wohlfahrt after his 100m victory in London having been treated by the German doctor in the build-up to the Olympics and says the pair speak by telephone “from time-to-time”.

He is also friends with some of Bayern’s players.

Bayern won the Bundesliga title for the 22nd time in the competition’s 50 year history on Saturday with a 1-0 win at Eintracht Frankfurt, thanks to Bastian Schweinsteiger’s second-half goal, and Bolt offered his congratulations.

“It’s impressive what Bayern have done this season,” Bolt told German daily Bild on Sunday after Bayern won the title with six games left, a new Bundesliga record, and hold a 20-point lead.

“To be champions with such a lead and so early in such a strong league, is extraordinary.

“First of all, I want to congratulate Basti (Schweinsteiger) and the team, who, just like the coach (Jupp Heynckes), have done a great job.

“I know how hard the boys have worked for this behind the scenes.”

The Jamaican, who holds both the 100m and 200m world records, has said he wants to play football when he retires from athletics and has met several Bayern stars, including Schweinsteiger and France winger Franck Ribery, on trips to Munich.

“I like to hang out with Basti Schweinsteiger when I’m in Munich,” revealed the world’s fastest man, who is a Manchester United supporter.