Dennis Kimetto breaks marathon world record in Berlin

Kimetto is the first man to go under 2 hours 3 mins. (©GettyImages)

Kenya's Dennis Kimetto has broken the marathon world record, running two hours, two minutes and 57 seconds to win in Berlin.

Kimetto, 30, was always with the leading group before breaking away from fellow Kenyan Emmanuel Mutai in the last three miles.

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World record course

It's the second year in a row the world record has been beaten on the German course, with Kimetto's compatriot Wilson Kipsang winning in 2013 with a time of 2:03.23.

'Tough race'

"I feel good because I won a very tough race," Kimetto was quoted as saying on BBC Sport. "I felt good from the start and in the last few miles I felt I could do it and break the record."

An attempt was always on the cards, as soon as the race started in near-perfect marathon running conditions - something Kimetto had said would be vital.

Report

Originally a seven man breakaway group, including Kimetto, Mutai and Geoffrey Kamworor, had set the pace, but with 23 miles gone just two remained and Mutai couldn't live with the relentless speed of Kimetto's running.

He stretched away from the man one year his junior, and as he saw the finish line put in another burst, running through the line to take the title, and the record, away from Kipsang, becoming the first man to ever run under two hours and three minutes in a marathon.

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