Siena (AP) - Marathon runner Richard Ringer from LC Rehlingen is well on the way to the Olympic Games.
In Siena, Italy, the 32-year-old athlete undercut the Olympic standard on Sunday with a time of 2:08:49 hours and finished in 17th place.
He climbed to second place in the nomination list for the summer Olympic marathon in Sapporo behind Amanal Petros (2:07:18) and ahead of Hendrik Pfeiffer (both TV Wattenscheid / 2:10:18).
Simon Boch from Regensburg (2:10:48) fell back in fourth place.
The former German record holder Arne Gabius from the Therapy Reha Bottwartal association did not finish.
"It was really a particularly good competition for me," wrote Ringer on Instagram after the second marathon of his career.
He undercut his best time by more than two minutes and ran the fourth-best marathon time ever for a German in cold, wet weather.
Gabius was almost four minutes behind Ringer at kilometer 12.4 with an intermediate time of 42:00 minutes - shortly afterwards the 40-year-old from Stuttgart got out.
It should have been his last chance to qualify for the Olympic marathon.
The Kenyan Eric Kiprono Kiptanui secured victory on the airfield in Siena in a brilliant 2:05:47 hours.
He finished ten seconds ahead of his compatriot Abdifufa Nigassa and the Moroccan Othmane Elgoumri (2:06:18).
In the women's category, Angela Tanui was also won by a Kenyan woman.
She needed 2:20:08 hours for the 42.195 kilometers.
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