The marathon World Record was crushed by Kenya’s Dennis Kimetto on Sunday at the Berlin Marathon where Dennis ran a 2:02:57 becoming the first human to ever break 2 hours and 3 minutes for 26.2 miles.
Kimetto took 26 seconds off the World Record that was set at last year’s Berlin Marathon by fellow countryman Wilson Kipsang.
Kimetto’s the best marathoner in the world having won three of the world’s six major marathons in the past year.
He kicked it up a notch to leave Emmanuel Mutai in his wake with less than 5 kilometers to go. Mutai’s second place finish broke the previous World Record as well. Mutai finished in 2:03:13. Ethiopia’s Abera Kuma took third in 2:05:56.
Kimetto ran a negative split, running the second half of the race 33 seconds than the first half. His WR pace for 26.2 miles was an astonishing 4 minutes and 41 seconds per mile.
Dennis Kimetto’s Marathon-ology
- Berlin Marathon – 2:02:57 (September 28, 2014) WR/Won
- Chicago Marathon – 2:03:45 (October 13, 2013) CR/Won
- Berlin Marathon – 2:04:16 (September 30, 2012) 2nd Place/1 second behind winner
- Tokyo Marathon – 2:06:50 (February 24, 2013) CR/Won
Kimetto plans to run next in the New York City Marathon in just a few weeks.