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Monday, 26 September 2011

marathon world record shattered!


As expected, this year’s 38th BMW Berlin Marathon produced another world record. The world record was already once under threat this year when Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya won Boston with the time of 2:03:02, only for it to not be recognized as a world record due to technical issues with the course. Berlin however, was not to be denied. It is worldly known as one of the fastest marathon course. For the record, 5 world fastest times were in Berlin, since the first was recorded 13 years ago (2:06:05, Ricardo Costa – Brazil), the last 3 years ago by 4 times winner, Ethiopian Haile Gebrselassie.

Patrick Makau winning the Berlin Marathon

The new world record time of 2:03:38 was achieved by last year’s winner Patrick Makau of Kenya, shaving 21 seconds off the previous world.  Gebrselassie, who had been following Makau closely during the early part of the race,  did not manage to complete the course, pulling up after 35km. Two other Kenyans occupied the remaining places on the podium. Stephen Chemlany, was second, with the time 2:07:55, and Edwin Kimaiyo, was third with the time 2:09:50.

Florence Kiplagat winning the Berlin Marathon

Florence Kiplagat underlined Kenyan superiority in long distance running by winning the women’s category in 2:19:44. Irina Mikitenko of Germany came in second with the time 2:22:18 and Paula Radcliffe, the current world record holder was third, with the time 2:23:46, in her marathon comeback after giving birth. Thumbs up

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