In Summary
  • Kimetto shattered compatriot Wilson Kipsang’s world marathon record, becoming the first to run the 42-kilometre race in under two hours and three minutes.
  • Ethiopia’s Tirfi Tsegaye won the women’s race in 2:20:18, followed by fellow Ethiopian Feyse Tadese (2:20:27) while American Shalane Flanagan was third with
  • The weather and pace in Berlin yesterday presented excellent conditions for an assault at the world record. Pacemakers Kirwa and Ronoh went through the halfway mark in 61:45 before hitting the 30-kilometre mark in 1:27:37, well inside Kipsang’s splits last year.

Dennis Kimetto’s record-breaking victory at the BMW Berlin Marathon sent athletics-mad Eldoret residents into frenzied celebrations.

The fans included his wife, Caroline Chepkorir Kimetto, who fainted for joy after watching her husband cruise past the famous Brandenburg gate to breast the tape in two hours, two minutes and 57 seconds.

Kimetto shattered compatriot Wilson Kipsang’s world marathon record, becoming the first to run the 42-kilometre race in under two hours and three minutes.

Breaking the world record earns the athlete €120,000 (about Sh14 million) and lots more in sponsorship bonus.

Caroline watched the race at Clique Hotel with family and friends, who included her husband’s training partner Geoffrey Mutai.

Mutai is among the world’s top marathon runners having clocked an amazing 2:03.02 to win the Boston Marathon in 2011.

Mutai’s time was fast enough for a world record then, but the Boston Marathon’s end-to-end downhill course does not conform to world record specifications.

BETTER WINNING MARK

Kimetto’s winning time Sunday was 26 seconds better than Kipsang’s mark set on the same course last year.

It was the climax to the story of a man who just four years ago was unable to get high school education for lack of fees.

Another Kenyan, Emmanuel Mutai (2:03:13), was also inside Wilson Kipsang’s former world record time of 2:03.23 in finishing second. Ethiopia’s Abera Kuma was third in 2:05:56.

Ethiopia’s Tirfi Tsegaye won the women’s race in 2:20:18, followed by fellow Ethiopian Feyse Tadese (2:20:27) while American Shalane Flanagan was third with 2:21:14. 

“I cheered throughout the entire race, but when the finish line was brought on sight, I felt dizzy and in no time I went off. I regained consciousness a few minutes later and was told that my husband was the new world record holder,” Caroline said.

The elated mother of two-year-old Alpha Kibet said Kimetto had battled with a hamstring injury, which saw him drop off the Boston Marathon in April.

“As a wife and his closest friend, I was still afraid that the injury may be back, but when he proceeded past the 38-kilometre mark, I was sure it was not going to hurt him. But I did not expect a record,” she said.

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