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Gebrselassie shatters marathon record

Updated: Sunday, 30 Sep 2007 11:31

Haile Gebrselassie is set to dominate the marathon for the next number of years
Haile Gebrselassie is set to dominate the marathon for the next number of years

Haile Gebrselassie shattered the world record when winning Sunday morning's Real Berlin Marathon.

Gebrselassie clocked a time of two hours four minutes 26 seconds, a massive improvement on the mark of 2hrs 4mins 55secs which Kenya's Paul Tergat achieved over the same course four years ago.

The Ethiopian star said: ‘I knew I could do it. Everything went well. I felt last year that I could make it in Berlin.

‘This was perfect. The weather was great - a bit windy - but I still made it and it's a dream come true.’

Abel Kirui finished second in 2:06.52, with his fellow Kenyan Salim Kipsang third in 2:07.29.

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