Kenyan Dennis Kimetto Wins Marathon's World Record

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Dennis Kimetto from Kenya has won World marathon record in Berlin.  The 30 year old Kenyan is the first to run the marathon under 2h  and 3 minutes. He overrun another Kenyan Emmanuel Mutai. Early this year, another Kenyan Wilson Kipsang had set the World record at 2h 3 minutes and 23 seonds.

Kenya's Dennis Kimetto won  the race in  two hours, two minutes and 57 seconds, becoming the fifth African to break the marathon World record with:

Year Time Runner - Country event
1988 2:06:50 Belayneh Dinsamo - Ethiopia Rotterdam - Netherlands
1999 2:05:59 Khalid Khannouchi Chicago - USA
2008 2:03:59 Haile Gebrselassie - Ethiopia Berlin - Germany
2014 2:03:23 Wilson Kipsang - Kenya Berlin - Germany
2014 2:02:57 Dennis Kimetto - Kenya Berlin - Germany

 

 

 

 

 

Apart from the African athletes, few other athletes from other countries have ever broken the marathon record. These include Sun Yun-bok from Korea in 1947, Sergei Popove from the Soviet Uniion in 1958, and Derek Clayton from Australia in 1969. Currently, African athletes from the East African countries of Kenya and Ethiopia appear to dominate the sport of marathon.

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