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Inline Skaters Break Records At Berlin Marathon

More than 5,000 skaters took part in Saturday's event in the German capital.

More than 5,000 skaters took part in Saturday’s event in the German capital.

Kenyan Dennis Kimetto wasn’t the only athlete to break a record at the Berlin Marathon over the weekend.

A day before the runners began Sunday’s 26.2-mile journey to the finish line, the men’s and women’s inline skating races took place. Both winners broke the course record in that event.

Belgian Bart Swings skated to a time of 58 minutes, 10 seconds to capture victory in the men’s race. A speed skater, Swings has 11 world championships gold medals on the ice and several silver and bronze medals.

On the road, Swings holds the 10,000-meter inline skating world record of 14:41.425.

In Berlin, Swings finished ahead of Severin Widmer (Switzerland) and Gary Hekman (Netherlands).

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In the women’s race, Manon Kamminga of the Netherlands eclipsed the course record with a time of 1:07:44. Katharina Rumpus (Germany) took second and Elma de Vries (Netherlands) claimed third.

The race was marred by a crash that brought down nearly every elite female in the field, a 16 kilometers in. The racers at the front seemed to make contact with a race moto around a right turn and took out most of the competitors. Three skaters were taken to the hospital.

5,652 skaters took part in the race.