Kenyan long-distance runner beats record set by compatriot Wilson Kipsang
September 28, 2014 12:37 BST
Kimetto, 30, beat the record set by fellow Kenyan Wilson Kipsang, who clocked 2:03:23 last year.
The long-distance runner broke away from a seven-man cluster that included fellow Kenyans Emmanuel Mutai and Geoffrey Kamworor.
In the final 5km, Kimetto broke free from Mutai and crossed the finish line near the Brandenburg Gate with his arms in the air.
“I feel good because I won a very tough race,” Kimetto said. “I felt good from the start and in the last few miles I felt I could do it and break the record.”
Kimetto, who won marathons in Tokyo and Boston last year, had promised to better the world recordin Berlin, if weather conditions permitted. Temperatures of around eight degrees allowed him to remain in the lead group throughout the race and keep his promise of claiming victory.
Ethiopia’s Tirfi Tsegaye won the women’s race in Berlin, while Shalane Flanagan failed to accomplish her goal of breaking the US record, coming in third place with a personal best of 2:21:14.
“I put everything I had to it,” Flanagan told NBCSports.com. “I went big. I left everything I had on the course.
“As you could tell, I was struggling the last 5km to keep my momentum. Sometimes we have to push ourselves and put ourselves out there and be subject to failure before we have the big, breakthrough success.”
Kimetto finished second in the 2012 Berlin Marathon at a time of 2:04:16 – the fastest evermarathon debut. He was one of the pre-race favourites in this year’s Boston Marathon but had to pull out due to a hamstring injury.