The fast Berlin course was the home of yet another record.
Dennis Kimetto of Kenya is the new world record holder in the marathon, clocking a 2:02:57 to win the 2014 Berlin Marathon today.
Kimetto is the first person to break 2:03. He beat fellow Kenyan Wilson Kipsang’s previous record of 2:03:23, set one year ago in Berlin.
The certified course is known to produce fast times, but Kimetto’s performance is truly ground-breaking. He broke away from the pack of seven runners during the last quarter of the race, and pulled away from fellow Kenyan Emmanuel Mutai with about 3 miles to go. Mutai finished in 2:03:13, also dipping below the previous record. Abera Kuma of Ethiopia placed third in 2:05:56.
But it was Kimetto’s day. His previous best was 2:03:45 set at last year’s Chicago Marathon, but his sub-2:03 today will surely re-charge debate as to whether a sub-2-hour marathon is on the horizon.
The top American male was Fernando Cabada, who ran a PR of 2:11:36 and finished 10th overall.
On the women’s side, Shalane Flanagan fell short in her bid to become the American record holder in the marathon, placing third with a time of 2:21:14. It is the second-fastest time ever by an American, but Deena Kastor’s American record of 2:19:36 still stands.
The women’s race was won by Tirfi Tsegaye of Ethiopia in a time of 2:20:18.