29 Sep 2014

Kenyan breaks marathon world record

7:10 am on 29 September 2014

The Kenyan runner Dennis Kimetto has set a new world record in the Berlin marathon with a time of two hours two minutes and 57 seconds.

The 30-year-old becomes the first man to run under two hours three minutes and his time was well inside the previous record of 2:03:23, set over the same course last year by his compatriot Wilson Kipsang.

Kimetto is from the Eldoret in Kenya's Rift Valley region - a part of the country that has produced some of the most dominant distance runners in history.

He was working as a farmer in an impoverished rural area before he took up running in his mid-20's, joining the training group of Geoffrey Mutai - a Boston, Berlin and two-time New York marathon champion and the former holder of the unofficial world best, a 2:03.02 set in Boston.

Kimetto, who won marathons in Tokyo and Boston last year, had promised to attack the record in Berlin if conditions allowed.

And in weather perfect for long-distance running, with temperatures around eight degrees centigrade, Kimetto kept his promise, staying in the lead group throughout and sprinting to victory and a new world's best time.