Kipsang sets marathon world record in Berlin
Wilson Kipsang

BERLIN:  Wilson Kipsang of Kenya set a world record in the 40th Berlin Marathon at two hours, three minutes, 23 seconds on Sunday.


Kipsang, 31, beat compatriot Patrick Makau’s previous mark of 2:03:38 set in Berlin in 2011 by 15 seconds.


Kipsang was just four seconds short of the record when he won in Frankfurt the same year.


This was the eighth world record in Berlin in 15 years, strengthening its reputation as the world’s fastest course.


Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya came in second at 2:04:05, improving his personal best by a minute and a half in his second marathon, while Geoffrey Kipsang of Kenya — no relation to Wilson — was third at 2:06.26.


Florence Kiplagat of Kenya won the women’s race at 2:21:13, a minute and a half more than her personal best, with compatriot Sharon Cherop second at 2:22:28.


Irina Mikitenko of Germany, 41, finished third, setting a new over-40 world-best at 2:24:54, almost a minute less than the previous record.


Weather conditions were cool, but dry and sunny, with only a light breeze.


The race started with four-time winner Haile Gebrselassie of Ethiopia, who set the world record in Berlin twice.


Eight world record runners in Berlin were present to wave at the 41,120 runners from 119 nations at the starting line.

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