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Kenyan Mutai wins Berlin Marathon

The Local · 30 Sep 2012, 12:16

Published: 30 Sep 2012 12:16 GMT+02:00

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Geoffrey Mutai edged out his compatriot Dennis Kimetto at Kimetto’s debut marathon by one second for a time of two hours, four minutes and 15 seconds – well below the 2:03:48 world record set last year at the event by Patrick Makau, but the third fastest time ever run in Berlin.

Geoffrey Kipsang was third in 2:16:12. Mutai and Kimetto ran neck and neck for much of the last part of the race, but neither had the energy for a final sprint.

Ethiopian Aberu Abede won the women's race in a time of 2:20:30, two years after her first win in Berlin, followed by her compatriot Tirfi Tsegaye in 2:21:19. Olena Shurhno of the Ukraine was third in 2:23:32.

Germany’s Jan Fitchen was the top German man with a time of 2:13:10, giving him 14th place and marking the best time run by a German this year.

Anna Hahner was the top German woman with an eighth place finish at 2:30:37 – not enough for a best time this year.

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21:28 September 30, 2012 by Jazzineva
It was a beautiful day and a great race. Meanwhile, I'm pretty darned sure you got the time wrong on Kipsang because I watched him come in shortly after Matai and Kimetto and think the time was 2:06:12, not 2:16:12. After all, if "Jan Fitchen was the top German man with a time of 2:13:10, giving him 14th place", then Kipsang had to have come in much earlier to place third. Oh well. Happens.
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