Berlin: Kenyan Runner Demolishes Own World Marathon Record

Dennis Kimmetto becomes first man to complete race in under 2:03, on the very same course where last year's record was set.

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Kenya's Dennis Kimetto crossing the finish line to win the Berlin Marathon as Berlin's Mayor Klaus Wowereit, left, watches, September 28, 2014.Credit: AFP

Kenyan Dennis Kimetto became the first person to complete a marathon in under two hours and three minutes when he set the record with a run of 2:02:57 at the Berlin Marathon on Sunday.

Kimetto smashed the previous record, set by Wilson Kipsang 12 months ago on the same course, by 26 seconds. Fellow Kenyan Emmanuel Mutai, who kept up with Kimetto for 35 kilometers, according to Runner's World, also broke Kipsang's mark when he finished the course in 2:03:13.

"I feel good because I won a very tough race," said Kimetto, the BBC reported. "I felt good from the start and in the last few miles I felt I could do it and break the record."

In the women's event, Shalane Flanagan failed in her bid to break the U.S. record of 2:19:36 set by Deena Kastor when she finished third with a time of 2:21:14, Runner's World reported. Tirfi Tsegaye of Ethiopia won in 2:20:18.

Runner's World noted that Sunday marked the seventh time the men's record had fallen in Berlin.