Geoffrey Mutai, although unofficailly the planet’s fastest marathoner, failed to break the world record today in Berlin. He was actually chasing after his compatriot Patrick Makau Musyoki’s 2:03:38 official world record. The good news for Kenya is that he led a Kenyan clean sweep in the men’s race by breasting the tape in a world leading 2:04:15. It is his first marathon victory of the season.
“I had the chance to break the world record but after 35km, I had stomach cramps and I decided to maintain the pace. I thank God for winning this race and it was possible to break the world record but I tried even though I could not move,” Mutai told reporters after the race. Mutai has a personal best time of 2:03:02 for Boston performance last year and he is still the fastest runner ever to complete the 42km distance, although unofficially.
Dennis Kimetto (2:04:16) and the World Cross junior champion Geoffrey Kipsang (2:06:12) came in second and third position for the race.
“I was not expecting to finish close to him since I knew I could not beat him but I’m delighted with today’s performance and in future, I will compete for the world record,” Kimetto told reporters through translators.
In the women's section, Ethiopia’s Aberu Kebede won the corresponding women’s race with 2:20:30.
LEADING RESULTS (Kenyan unless stated)
1. Geoffrey Mutai 2:04:15
2. Dennis Kimetto 2:04:16
3. Geoffrey Kipsang 2:06:12
4. Nicholas Kamakya 2:08:28
5. Josphat Keiyo 2:08:41
6. Jonathan Maiyo 2:09:19
7. Eliud Kiptanui 2:09:59
8. Felix Keny 2:10:22
9. Masakazu Fujiwara 2:11:31/JAP
10. Suehiro Ishikawa 2:11:46/JAP
1. Aberu Kebede 2:20:30/ETH
2. Tirfi Tsegay 2:21:19/ETH
3. Olena Shurhno 2:23:32/UKR
4. Filomena Chepchirchir 2:24:56
5. Fate Tola 2:25:14/ETH
6. Alevtina Biktimirova 2:28:45/RUS
7. Caroline Chepkwony 2:30:34
8. Anna Hahner 2:30:37/GER
9. Sonia Samuels 2:30:56/GBR
10. Degefa Biruktayit 2:33:27/ETH