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Dennis Kimetto Breaks Marathon World Record in Berlin

The 30-year-old Kenyan knocked 26 seconds off last year's record

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    Dennis Kimetto Breaks Marathon World Record in Berlin
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    Kenya's Dennis Kimetto crosses the finish line to win the 41th edition of the Berlin Marathon on September 28, 2014. Kimetto breaks the world marathon record.

    Dennis Kimetto set a world record by winning the 41st Berlin Marathon in 2 hours, 2 minutes, 57 seconds on Sunday.

    The 30-year-old Kenyan knocked 26 seconds off the record of 2:03:23 set by compatriot Wilson Kipsang in Berlin last year.

    Another Kenyan, Emmanuel Mutai, was also faster than the previous best, finishing second in 2:03:13.

    Abera Kuma of Ethiopia was third in 2:05:56.

    All times were as yet unofficial.

    Some 40,004 runners from 130 nations were accepted for the race, which was run in perfect clear conditions.