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Kimetto, Kebede highlight Berlin Marathon

01 July 2014, 17:23

Nairobi - Kenya's Dennis Kimetto will face stiff competition from Ethiopia's Tsegaye Kebede during this year's BMW Berlin Marathon, which takes place on September 28.

The 30-year-old Kimetto finished in second place in the BMW Berlin Marathon with the fastest ever time for a debutant over the distance when he clocked 2:04:16 to finish narrowly behind fellow Kenyan Geoffrey Mutai. 

The same year, he set the world record in the 25km when he bettered the previous time of 1.11:50 by 32 seconds.

He also set course records when he won the Tokyo Marathon in 2:06:50 and the Bank of America Chicago Marathon in 2:03:45.

The 27-year-old Kebede is one of the most consistent marathon runners in history, having finished in the top three in 14 of his last 17 marathons, which includes bronze medals at the 2008 Olympic Games and the 2009 IAAF World Championships.

He also won the Marathon Majors' 2012/13 title and is leading the 2013/14 series, as well as recording his personal best of 2:04:38 when he won the 2012 Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

The Berlin Marathon is historically one of the fastest races of its kind with the last five world men's records being posted there: 2003 Paul Tergat (KEN) 2:04:55; 2007 and 2008 Haile Gebrselassie (ETH) 2:04:26 and 2:03:59; 2011 Patrick Makau (KEN) 2:03:38, and 2013 Wilson Kipsang (KEN) 2:03:25.

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