Berlin Marathon: Kenyan Wilson Kipsang Sets New World Record

Kenyan Wilson Kipsang has broken the marathon world record by 15 seconds as he claimed the Berlin title on Sunday.

Wilson Kipsang

Wilson Kipsang

The 31-year-old clocked a time of two hours three minutes 23 seconds to better the previous mark set by compatriot Patrick Makau two years ago.

That was also in the German capital, when Makau ran 2:03:38 over 26.2 miles.

Fellow Kenyans Eliud Kipchoge (2:04:05) and Geoffrey Kipsang (2:06:26) finished second and third respectively in this year’s marathon.

Kipsang’s victory takes his total marathon wins to seven since competing in his first in Paris three years ago.

He won the London marathon last year and also claimed bronze in the marathon at last year’s Olympic Games.

Kipsang’s win in Berlin was his first marathon victory this year. Despite being among the favourites, he only managed to finish fifth in the London event in April.

– BBC