Kenya’s Wilson Kipsang has kept to his word, overcome the lack of competition and smashed the marathon world record in today’s Berlin Marathon.
Kipsang crossed the line in 2:03:23, eclipsing the mark set by countryman Patrick Makau at the course in 2011.
Makau was scheduled to race at the event, however pulled out last week with knee issues. His pain won’t be eased by the fact that he has now lost his mantle as the fastest marathoner.
Another Kenyan, Geoffrey Mutai, has covered the marathon distance faster in 2:03:01, at the 2011 Boston Marathon, however is not recognised as an official world record due to the course requirements.