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Dennis Kimetto breaks marathon world record in Berlin

28 September 2014, 17:15

Berlin - Kenya's Dennis Kimetto set a new world record of 2 hours 2 minutes and 57 seconds in the Berlin Marathon on Sunday as he became the first man to break the 2hr 03min barrier.

Kimetto was part of a seven-man breakaway group after 20km, but he shook off his fellow Kenyan Emmanuel Mutai four kilometres from home and crossed the line in record time over what is regarded as the world's fastest marathon course.

The previous record of 2:03:23 was also set in Berlin by Kenya's Wilson Kipsang a year ago at the same race.

"As the race went on, I saw I could do it, I'm delighted to have won." Kimetto said.

Mutai finished second within 2:03:13 which was also better than the previous record of 2:03:23. Ethiopia's Abera Kuma was a long way back in third in 2:05:56.

Kimetto, 30, was working as a farmer in an impoverished rural area before he took up running in his mid-20's. His first major win came in Nairobi's Half Marathon in 2011, and he went on to finish second behind his training partner Mutai in the Berlin Marathon in 2012.

- Xinhua

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