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Kimetto sets marathon world record










28 September 2014
Last updated at
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Kenya’s Dennis Kimetto has broken the marathon world record in Berlin, winning the race in a time of two hours, two minutes and 57 seconds.

The 30-year-old broke away in a seven-man group that included fellow Kenyans Emmanuel Mutai and Geoffrey Kamworor.

He shook off Mutai with just under three miles remaining to become the first man to run a marathon in less than two hours and three minutes.

“I feel good because I won a very tough race,” said Kimetto.

“I felt good from the start and in the last few miles I felt I could do it and break the record.”
















Men’s marathon world record decade-by-decade


Year

Time

Athlete

Course

1947


2:25.39


Suh Yun-bok (Korea)


Boston


1958


2:15.17


Sergei Popov (Soviet Union)


Stockholm


1969


2:08.33


Derek Clayton (Australia)


Antwerp


1988


2:06.50


Belayneh Dinsamo (Ethiopia)


Rotterdam


1999


2:05.42


Khalid Khannouchi (Morocco)


Chicago


2008


2:03.59


Haile Gebrselassie (Ethiopia)


Berlin


2014


2:02.57


Dennis Kimetto (Kenya)


Berlin


The previous world record had been

set on the same course 12 months ago

by Kimetto’s compatriot Wilson Kipsang, who ran 2:03:23.

Kimetto, who won marathons in Tokyo and Boston last year, had promised to attack the record in Berlin if conditions allowed.

And in weather perfect for long-distance running, with temperatures around eight degrees centigrade, Kimetto kept his promise, staying in the lead group throughout and sprinting to victory and a new world’s best time.







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