Haile Gebrselassie won the Berlin Marathon for the fourth year in succession this morning in two hours, six minutes and eight seconds.

The Ethiopian made a brave attempt to break the world record of 2hrs 3mins 59secs he set in last year's race and paid the penalty for his ferocious efforts in the early stages.

‘I was tired, I pushed too much,’ said Gebrselassie who was reduced to a jog approaching the finish line.

Francis Kiprop of Kenya was second in 2:07.04, while Negari Terfa of Ethiopia was third in 2.07.41.

Gebrselassie’s compatriot Atsede Habtamu won the women’s event in 2:24.47, with Russia’s Silvia Skvortsova second in 2:26.23 and Deska Mamitu of Ethiopia third in 2:26.38.