Two world records fell in Berlin on Sunday. The first – the biggie – was the marathon world record. Dennis Kimetto ran 2:02:57. He took 26 seconds off the old world record. He became the first person ever to run under 2:03. Also, he ran faster than Geoffrey Mutai’s [wind-aided and downhill] 2:03:02, which was not official, but was the fastest marathon ever.
The conditions were perfect for Kimetto. There were clear skies and temperatures between 45 and 50 degrees.
The world record went under 2:10 in 1967. In 1988, it went under 2:07. Paul Tergat brought it under 2:05 in 2003, and Haile Gebrselassie took it under 2:04 exactly five years later on the same Berlin course. Now, six years later to the day, the record has dropped under 2:03.
Fun Fact: In the last 11 years, three marathon world records have been set on September 28th. The Berlin course is fast – apparently, it’s extra fast on September 28th!
The other world record was set by Emmanuel Mutai. He covered the first 30 kilometers of the race in 1:27:37 – a world record! Mutai also broke the old world record and finished in 2:03:13.
Tirfi Tsegaye won the women’s race in 2:20:18. Shalane Flanagan was third in 2:21:14. Deena Kastor’s American record is safe for now.
Full results of the Berlin Marathon are available here.
All eyes now turn to Chicago. In particular, Kenenisa Bekele is the focus. On October 12, he will take a shot at
2:03:23 2:02:57. The script was perfect in Berlin. Ideal weather and a very game Emmanuel Mutai pushing the pace. Who will be willing to go with Bekele? Kipchoge? Bernard Koech? Maybe even Wesley Korir?
Once again, we are left to wonder: