Kipsang on cloud nine after Germany success
30 September 2013, 10:45
Berlin - Wilson Kipsang is reveling in the glory of winning the Berlin Marathon and setting a new record on Sunday.
The Kenyan star made up for time lost on the sidelines through injury to win the event held in the German capital.
Kipsang set a new record of 2:03:23 clipping 15 seconds off the previous record set by Patrick Makau of 2:03:38 in 2011.
Makau missed the race due to a knee injury he sustained some two weeks ago during a training session.
In the absence of the race’s favourite, the-31-year-old Kipsang lived true to his word after promising that he was going to break the marathon record.
“This was my first race here and it is really a nice course and a great city. I love it here,” the long-distance runner said Kipsang after the race.
For his efforts he will be taking home US$54 000 and an additional 50 000 Euros as bonus for breaking the world record.
Kipasang’s strategy to add pace in the last kilometers, though not easy to execute, paid off as he was closely followed by compatriot Eliud Kipchoge with a time of 2:04:05.
As Kenyans made a clean sweep of the podium finishes, Geoffrey Kipsang, with a time of 2:06:26, closely followed.
– CAJ News