BERLIN (Reuters) – On Sunday Kenyan Patrick Makau beat the world record in Berlin marathon in two hours, three minutes and 38 seconds, improving by 21 seconds the time passed three years earlier by the Ethiopian Haile Gebrselassie.
Makau outscored its opponents by escaping the day to 12 km to go to erase the previous mark of reference, which had already been established in the streets of Berlin in 2008 (2h03’59 “).
The best time of the Kenyan aged 26, a former half-marathon specialist, was far 2h04’44 “in Rotterdam in 2010.
“What I am able to say today is that we have entered a new generation of marathon runners. This is the happiest day of my life as an athlete,” he told reporters Patrick Makau, who had already imposed last year in Berlin.
“When I woke up today, I was not feeling very well but at the 25th kilometer, I felt I could bring down the world record,” he added.
Haile Gebrselassie, four times winner of the event in Berlin, has long held the lead in the race before giving up, taking pains.
In women, the Kenyan Florence Kiplagat has emerged ahead of Germany’s Irina Mikitenko and Britain’s Paula Radcliffe, world record holder, who ran his first marathon since his fourth place in New York two years ago.
“I would be delighted if I could run the Olympic marathon (in London),” said the Briton aged 37, who admits to having spent a year in 2011 difficult.