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Haile Gebrselassie wins the Berlin marathon

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2009-09-20

World marathon record-holder Haile Gebrselassie won the Berlin marathon for the fourth time, but failed to break his own world record, clocking a time of two hours six minutes eight seconds. Kenyan Francis Kiprop finished second.

AFP - World marathon record-holder Haile Gebrselassie won the Berlin marathon for the fourth time on Sunday in an official time of 2 hours 6min 08sec, but missed out on a new world record.*

 

The 36-year-old smashed his own record here at last year's race when he ran 2hrs 03min 59sec but admitted struggling during the last few kilometres in Sunday's warm weather which ruled out any chance of a new global mark.
   
"I'm ok, but the last few kilometres were very hard," he said after leading from the front all the way around the 42-kilometre course through the German capital.
   
"I was really tired at the 30km mark and gave too much at the beginning.
   
"I expected more from my opponents, but I just made sure I ran my best.
   
"I am happy, it's a win for the fourth time, but the last kilometres were really hard.
   
"It was warm out there, not really marathon weather.
   
"It was too warm for a new world record, but I am happy with the time, it's fine."
 

Date created : 2009-09-20

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