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Patrick Makau Of Kenya Breaks World Record In German Marathon

Patric Makau of Kenya breaks the World Record in the German Marathon run in Berlin on Sunday.

Patric Makau of Kenya breaks the World Record in the German Marathon run in Berlin on Sunday.

A new world record was set by Patrick Makau of Kenya when he ran the Berlin Marathon in 2 hours 3 minutes and 38 seconds in Berlin on Sunday 25 September. This was the second consecutive year that Makau who is 26  has won the race in Berlin.

Makau is only the second man to have run this course of 26.2 miles in under 2 hours 4 minutes. Haile Gebrselassie of Ethiopia is the only other man to achieve this, and he did so in 2008 when he ran this marathon in 2 hours 3 minutes and 59 seconds. However, Gebrselassie has had injury problems this year, and seemed to have given up after a strong start, eventually dropping out after about 27 kilometers.

Stephen Kwelio Chemplany completed the course in second place in 2:07.55. He is a Kenyan pacemaker, and Edwin Kimaiyo, another runner from Kenya came in third in 2:09.50.

Meanwhile in the women’s race, Kenya also came in first place, with Florence Kiplagat clocking in at 2 hours 19 minutes and 44 seconds. The women’s world record holder is Paula Radcliffe of England, and she returned to the race after taking off almost 23 months after the birth of her second child. Radcliffe came in third place with a time of 2:23:46, which has easily qualified her for the 2012 London Games.

Irina Mikitenko of Germany came in second place for the women with a time of 2:22:18.

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