KIMETTO SETS MARATHON RECORDS 2.02.57

Dennis Kimetto at the 2014 BMW Berlin Marathon (organisers / www.photorun.net)


Interesting fact:  only 5 Americans have run the 1/2 marathon faster than Kimetto's second half of this marathon

Kenya's Dennis Kimetto broke the marathon world record* at the BMW Berlin Marathon with a time of 2:02:57 at the IAAF Gold Label Road Race on Sunday (28).

His time took 26 seconds off the previous mark, set in the same race last year by Wilson Kipsang.

In second place, fellow Kenyan Emmanuel Mutai was also inside the previous world record with his time of 2:03:13, taking 39 seconds off his previous best.

Ethiopia's Abera Kuma was a distant third in a personal best of 2:05:56.

Kimetto covered the first half in 1:01:45 and increased his pace in the second half with a closing 13.1 miles of 1:01:12. He shook off Mutai, his last remaining challenger, with less than five kilometres to go. 

"I feel good because I won a very tough race," Kimetto told local reporters. "I felt good from the start and in the last few miles I felt I could do it and break the record. I believe I can improve it further. I’d like to return and try to break it again next year."

With temperatures about eight degrees Celsius at the start, Kimetto was among the leaders from the gun and a seven-man group formed at the front of the race just before the halfway point.

The pacemakers kept up the tempo with the world record as the target but at 30km, reached in 1:27:37, the racing started in earnest between a three-man leading group consisting of Kimetto, Mutai and world half marathon champion Geoffrey Kamworor, who started to put daylight among themselves and the rest of the field.

Kamworor was the first to fold, starting to struggle from 33 kilometres onwards and eventually finishing fourth in 2:06:39.

Mutai twice attempted to attack but Kimetto stayed strong and never let the gap grow to more than a few metres and the pair passed 35km in 1:41:47, inside 2:03 pace. After making his move just before 38km, Kimetto then passed 40km in 1:56:29, exactly the same split that he had en route to winning at the Chicago Marathon last October.

In contrast to that race almost 12 months ago, when Kimetto weakened slightly and the world record slipped from his grasp by 22 seconds, this time there was no denying him.

His performance in the German capital also bettered the fastest time ever achieved on any marathon course, surpassing the 2:03:02 clocked by fellow Kenyan Geoffrey Mutai in 2011 on Boston's record-ineligible point-to-point course.

While Kenyans took the top two spots in the men's race, there was Ethiopian success in the women's race with Tirfi Tsegaye winning in 2:20:18, the fastest time in the world this year, and holding off compatriot Feyse Tadese, who clocked 2:20:27. USA's Shalane Flanagan was third in 2:21:14.

Flanagan took an early lead in the women's race in her bid to break the US record, which still stands at 2:19:36 to Deena Kastor from 2006, and passed the halfway point in 1:09:38.

However, the American started to slow fractionally between 25km and 30km and was overtaken by the Ethiopian trio of Tsegaye, Tadese and Tadelech Bekele. Not long afterwards, Tsegaye made a decisive move to head off on her own, passing 35km in 1:55:37, 11 seconds ahead of her compatriot Tadese, and was never headed.

Bekele was overtaken by Flanagan four kilometres from home but still made a very impressive debut over the classic distance when finishing fourth in 2:23.02.

There were 40,004 runners from 130 nations who entered the race.



This Page was last updated: 10/05/2014 


All-time men's best marathon

a=downhill 1/1000 and point-to-point course

d=downhill 76m, 96m or 220m

        1      2:02:57    Dennis Kimetto                 KEN     22.04.84    1      Berlin                   28.09.2014
        2      2:03:02a   Geoffrey Mutai                 KEN     07.10.81    1      Boston                   18.04.2011
        3      2:03:06a   Moses Mosop                    KEN     17.07.85    2      Boston                   18.04.2011
        4      2:03:13    Emmanuel Mutai                 KEN     12.10.84    2      Berlin                   28.09.2014
        5      2:03:23    Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich       KEN     15.03.82    1      Berlin                   29.09.2013
        6      2:03:38    Patrick Makau                  KEN     02.03.85    1      Berlin                   25.09.2011
        7      2:03:42    Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich       KEN     15.03.82    1      Frankfurt                30.10.2011
        8      2:03:45    Dennis Kimetto                 KEN     22.04.84    1      Chicago                  13.10.2013
        9      2:03:52    Emmanuel Mutai                 KEN     12.10.84    2      Chicago                  13.10.2013
        10     2:03:59    Haile Gebrselassie             ETH     18.04.73    1      Berlin                   28.09.2008
        11     2:04:05    Eliud Kipchoge                 KEN     05.11.84    2      Berlin                   29.09.2013
        12     2:04:15    Geoffrey Mutai                 KEN     07.10.81    1      Berlin                   30.09.2012
        13     2:04:16    Dennis Kimetto                 KEN     22.04.84    2      Berlin                   30.09.2012
        14     2:04:23    Ayele Absehero                 ETH     28.12.90    1      Dubai                    27.01.2012
        15     2:04:26    Haile Gebrselassie             ETH     18.04.73    1      Berlin                   30.09.2007
        16     2:04:27    Duncan Kipkemboi Kibet         KEN     25.04.78    1      Rotterdam                05.04.2009
        16     2:04:27    James Kipsang Kwambai          KEN     28.02.83    2      Rotterdam                05.04.2009
        18     2:04:29    Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich       KEN     15.03.82    1      London                   13.04.2014
        19     2:04:32    Tesgaye Mekonnen Asefa         ETH     15.06.95    1      Dubai                    24.01.2014
        20     2:04:38    Tsegay Kebede                  ETH     15.01.87    1      Chicago                  07.10.2012
        21     2:04:40    Emmanuel Mutai                 KEN     12.10.84    1      London                   17.04.2011
        22     2:04:44    Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich       KEN     15.03.82    1      London                   22.04.2012
        23     2:04:45    Lelisa Desisa Benti            ETH     14.01.90    1      Dubai                    25.01.2013
        24     2:04:48    Patrick Makau                  KEN     02.03.85    1      Rotterdam                11.04.2010
        24     2:04:48    Yemane Adhane                  ETH     08.04.85    1      Rotterdam                15.04.2012
        24     2:04:48    Berhanu Shiferaw               ETH     31.05.93    2      Dubai                    25.01.2013
        27     2:04:49    Tadesse Tola                   ETH     31.10.87    3      Dubai                    25.01.2013
        28     2:04:50    Dino Sefer                     ETH     28.05.88    2      Dubai                    27.01.2012
        28     2:04:50    Getu Feleke                    ETH     28.11.86    2      Rotterdam                15.04.2012
        30     2:04:52    Feyisa Lelisa                  ETH     01.02.90    2      Chicago                  07.10.2012
        30     2:04:52    Endeshaw Negesse               ETH     18.03.88    4      Dubai                    25.01.2013
        32     2:04:53    Haile Gebrselassie             ETH     18.04.73    1      Dubai                    18.01.2008
        32     2:04:53a   Gebre-egziabher Gebremariam    ETH     10.09.84    3      Boston                   18.04.2011
        32     2:04:53    Bernard Koech                  KEN     31.01.88    5      Dubai                    25.01.2013
        35     2:04:54    Markos Geneti                  ETH     30.05.84    3      Dubai                    27.01.2012
        36     2:04:55    Paul Tergat                    KEN     17.06.69    1      Berlin                   28.09.2003
        36     2:04:55    Geoffrey Mutai                 KEN     07.10.81    2      Rotterdam                11.04.2010
        36     2:04:55    Stanley Biwott                 KEN     21.04.86    2      London                   13.04.2014
        39     2:04:56    Sammy Korir                    KEN     12.12.71    2      Berlin                   28.09.2003
        39     2:04:56    Jonathan Maiyo                 KEN     05.05.88    4      Dubai                    27.01.2012
        41     2:04:57    Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich       KEN     15.03.82    1      Frankfurt                31.10.2010
        42     2:04:58a   Ryan Hall                      USA     14.10.82    4      Boston                   18.04.2011
        43     2:05:00    Eliud Kipchoge                 KEN     05.11.84    1      Rotterdam                13.04.2014
        44     2:05:03    Moses Mosop                    KEN     17.07.85    3      Rotterdam                15.04.2012
        44     2:05:03    Kenenisa Bekele                ETH     13.06.82    1      Paris                    06.04.2014
        46     2:05:04    Abel Kirui                     KEN     04.06.82    3      Rotterdam                05.04.2009
        47     2:05:06    Geoffrey Mutai                 KEN     07.10.81    1      New York City            06.11.2011
        48     2:05:08    Patrick Makau                  KEN     02.03.85    1      Berlin                   26.09.2010
        49     2:05:10    Samuel Wanjiru                 KEN     10.11.86    1      London                   26.04.2009
        49     2:05:10    Geoffrey Mutai                 KEN     07.10.81    2      Berlin                   26.09.2010
        49     2:05:10    Tadesse Tola                   ETH     31.10.87    5      Dubai                    27.01.2012
        52     2:05:12    Stanley Biwott                 KEN     21.04.86    1      Paris                    15.04.2012
        53     2:05:13    Vincent Kipruto                KEN     13.09.87    3      Rotterdam                11.04.2010
        53     2:05:13    Markos Geneti                  ETH     30.05.84    2      Dubai                    24.01.2014
        55     2:05:15    Martin Lel                     KEN     29.10.78    1      London                   13.04.2008
        56     2:05:16    Levi Matebo                    KEN     03.11.89    2      Frankfurt                30.10.2011
        56     2:05:16    Sammy Kirop Kitwara            KEN     26.11.86    3      Chicago                  13.10.2013
        58     2:05:18    Tsegay Kebede                  ETH     15.01.87    1      Fukuoka                  06.12.2009
        59     2:05:19    Tsegay Kebede                  ETH     15.01.87    1      London                   25.04.2010
        60     2:05:20    Tsegay Kebede                  ETH     15.01.87    2      London                   26.04.2009
        61     2:05:23    Feyisa Lelisa                  ETH     01.02.90    4      Rotterdam                11.04.2010
        62     2:05:24    Samuel Wanjiru                 KEN     10.11.86    2      London                   13.04.2008
        63     2:05:25    Bado Worku                     ETH     22.07.88    3      Berlin                   26.09.2010
        63     2:05:25    Albert Matebor                 KEN     20.12.80    3      Frankfurt                30.10.2011
        65     2:05:27    Jaouad Gharib                  MAR     22.05.72    3      London                   26.04.2009
        65     2:05:27    Wilson Chebet                  KEN     07.12.85    1      Rotterdam                10.04.2011
        65     2:05:27    Tilahun Regessa                ETH     18.01.90    3      Chicago                  07.10.2012
        68     2:05:29    Haile Gebrselassie             ETH     18.04.73    1      Dubai                    16.01.2009
        69     2:05:30    Abderrahim Goumri              MAR     21.05.76    3      London                   13.04.2008
        69     2:05:30    Eliud Kipchoge                 KEN     05.11.84    1      Hamburg                  21.04.2013
        71     2:05:33    Vincent Kipruto                KEN     13.09.87    2      Rotterdam                10.04.2011
        72     2:05:36    James Kipsang Kwambai          KEN     28.02.83    2      Berlin                   28.09.2008
        72     2:05:36    Wilson Chebet                  KEN     07.12.85    1      Amsterdam                20.10.2013
        74     2:05:37    Moses Mosop                    KEN     17.07.85    1      Chicago                  09.10.2011
        74     2:05:37    Wilson Loyanae                 KEN     86          1      Seoul                    18.03.2012
        76     2:05:38    Khalid Khannouchi              USA     22.12.71    1      London                   14.04.2002
        76     2:05:38    Tilahun Regessa                ETH     18.01.90    1      Rotterdam                14.04.2013
        78     2:05:39    Eliud Kiptanui                 KEN     06.06.89    1      Praha                    09.05.2010
        79     2:05:41    Samuel Wanjiru                 KEN     10.11.86    1      Chicago                  11.10.2009
        79     2:05:41    Yami Dadi                      ETH     82          6      Dubai                    27.01.2012
        79     2:05:41    Wilson Chebet                  KEN     07.12.85    1      Amsterdam                21.10.2012
        79     2:05:41    Getu Feleke                    ETH     28.11.86    1      Wien                     13.04.2014
        83     2:05:42    Khalid Khannouchi              MAR     22.12.71    1      Chicago                  24.10.1999
        83     2:05:42    Abdullah Dawit Shami           ETH     16.07.84    7      Dubai                    27.01.2012
        83     2:05:42    Deressa Chisma                 ETH     21.11.76    8      Dubai                    27.01.2012
        83     2:05:42    Dickson Chumba                 KEN     27.10.86    1      Tokyo                    23.02.2014
        87     2:05:44    Getu Feleke                    ETH     28.11.86    1      Amsterdam                17.10.2010
        88     2:05:45    Martin Lel                     KEN     29.10.78    2      London                   17.04.2011
        88     2:05:45    Patrick Makau                  KEN     02.03.85    3      London                   17.04.2011
        90     2:05:46    Dickson Chumba                 KEN     27.10.86    1      Eindhoven                14.10.2012
        91     2:05:47    Vincent Kipruto                KEN     13.09.87    1      Paris                    05.04.2009
        92     2:05:48    Paul Tergat                    KEN     17.06.69    2      London                   14.04.2002
        92     2:05:48    Jafred Chirchir                KEN     08.08.83    1      Eindhoven                09.10.2011
        94     2:05:49    William Kipsang                KEN     26.06.77    1      Rotterdam                13.04.2008
        94     2:05:49    Girmay Birhanu                 ETH     87          3      Dubai                    24.01.2014
        96     2:05:50    Evans Rutto                    KEN     14.01.84    1      Chicago                  12.10.2003
        96     2:05:50    James Kipsang Kwambai          KEN     28.02.83    1      Seoul                    04.11.2012
        98     2:05:52a   Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot       KEN     10.08.88    1      Boston                   19.04.2010
        99     2:05:53    Wilson Chebet                  KEN     07.12.85    1      Amsterdam                16.10.2011
        100    2:05:54    Sammy Kirop Kitwara            KEN     26.11.86    4      Chicago                  07.10