Wilson Kipsang broke the men’s marathon world record in Berlin, becoming the third Kenyan to set the mark in the German capital in the past decade.
Kipsang, 31, completed the 26.2-mile (42-kilometer) course in 2 hours, 3 minutes and 23 seconds yesterday, taking 15 seconds off his countryman Patrick Makau’s time in the same race two years ago.
The past five men’s world marathon records have been set in Berlin, with Kenya’s Paul Tergat starting the streak in 2003. Haile Gebrselassie of Ethiopia produced back-to-back world marks there in 2007 and 2008.
“Ten years ago, I watched Paul Tergat break the world record in Berlin, and now I have achieved the dream,” Kipsang was cited as saying by the International Association of Athletics Federations. “Looking at my marathon progress and career so far, I still think I have the potential to run faster. Anything under 2:03:23 would do.”
Kipsang’s time was the ninth marathon world record to be set in Berlin in both men’s and women’s events.
Kenyan duo Eliud Kipchoge and Geoffrey Kipsang finished second and third in the men’s race yesterday in 2:04:05 and 2:06:26, respectively
Florence Kiplagat of Kenya won the women’s race in 2:21:13, with countrywoman Sharon Cherop second and Irina Mikitenko of Germany third.