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Sunday 25 September 2011

News: Patrick Makau sets new marathon world-record time of 2hr 03min 38sec

Kenya's Patrick Makau set a new world record as he successfully defended the Berlin marathon title, with the former record holder Haile Gebrselassie dramatically stopping for a minute during the race.

Makau clocked a stunning unofficial time of 2hr 03min 38sec , 21 seconds quicker than the time set by Gebrselassie over the same course in 2008.

Gebrselassie stepped off the road after 27km and looked like he wanted to vomit as he doubled over in pain, but after a minute he gingerly made his way back on to the course and continued running.

The race organisers then appeared to ask one of the pacemakers to wait for Gebrselassie to pace him back into the race, but the 38-year-old had no chance of catching Makau.

The 26-year-old had been under world-record pace throughout the race and never faded, even after losing the last of the six pacemakers.


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