Sunday, September 25, 2011

2:03:38 - Patrick Makau is the new Marathon World Record Holder

Patrick Makau became the new marathon world record holder when he won the 38th BMW Berlin Marathon today in 2:03:38, the 5th and 4th consecutive men's world marathon record set on this 'world's fastest course'.

The 26-year old Kenyan shattered the 3-year old record by 21 seconds set right here by Haile Gebrselassie of Ethiopia who surprisingly pulled out to the right side of the road, shaking his hand to indicate breathing difficulties at the 27km mark after Makau took a surge forward, however he continued the race after one minute and remained at 2nd place far behind the leader but finally he DNF with 7km remaining.

1) 2:03:38 (WR) - Patrick Makau (KEN)
2) 2:07:55 - Stephen Kwelio (KEN) (pacemaker)
3) 2:09:50 - Edwin Kimaiyo (KEN)

1) 2:19:44 - Florence Kiplagat (KEN)***
2) 2:22:18 - Irina Mikitenko (GER)
3) 2:23:46 - Paula Radcliffe (GBR)

***Had Florence Kiplagat clocked faster than 2:17:42, would the IAAF ratify it as the new world record as per new criterion announced 5 days ago since she finished with the pacing of male runners ?

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