Kenya’s Wilson Kipsang broke the world marathon record on Sunday when he stormed to victory in the Berlin Marathon.
Ideal weather conditions greeted some 42 thousand people that took part in the event.
The notoriously flat and fast course has been happy hunting ground for the record breakers in the past and the 40th edition of the race was no different.
Kenyan trio Wilson Kipsang, Eliud Kipchoge and Geoffrey Kipsang found themselves on their own out in front as the pace they set turned out to be too fast for the main bunch.
But at the 37 kilometre mark 31-year-old Wilson Kipsang – who won last year’s London marathon and claimed bronze at the London Olympics – made his move.
He managed to hold off the chasing Kipchoge to cross the line in two hours, three minutes and 23 seconds.
It was 15 seconds faster than the previous mark set two years ago in the same race by compatriot Patrick Makau.
It was also the ninth world record at the race and fifth by the men in the last decade.