28 Sep

Kimetto Breaks Marathon Record In Berlin


Dennis Kimetto of Kenya has set a new marathon world record at Berlin Marathon, finishing in 2:02:57. The previous record was also set in the German capital one year ago as Kimetto's compatriot Wilson Kipsang clocked a time of 2:03:23.

Kipsang tweeted: "1 year I was proud to carry the name of WRholder. Now I say congrats to my colleague Kimetto."

Not only does Kimetto's time beat the official world record, it also surpasses Geoffrey Mutai's unofficial record of 2:03:02 set at Boston Marathon in 2011. The record has not been recognised by International Association of Athletics Federations due to the course being too straight and downhill.

Kimetto said after the race: "I feel good because I won a very touch race. I felt good from the start and in the last few miles I felt I could do it and break the record."

There was no new record in the women's race, as Ethiopian Tirfi Tsegaye won in 2:20:18. The Ethiopian had hoped to go under 2:20, a landmark only achieved by 18 women in history. American Shalane Flanagan also fell short of her goal of beating Deena Kastor's US record of 2:19:36, finishing in third place with a time of 2:21:14.

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