Athletics: Mutai wins

Mutai and Kebede claim Berlin marathon wins

Last Updated: 30/09/12 2:44pm

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Geoffrey Mutai: Berlin winner (left) survived a brave challenge from Dennis Kimetto

Geoffrey Mutai: Berlin winner (left) survived a brave challenge from Dennis Kimetto

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Kenya's Geoffrey Mutai won the Berlin marathon on Sunday, while Aberu Kebede of Ethiopia triumphed in the women's race.

Mutai survived a brave challenge by compatriot and marathon newcomer Dennis Kimetto to win but narrowly failed in his quest to set a new world record.

The Kenyan's time of two hours four minutes and 15 seconds - on what is considered the fastest marathon course in the world - was more than half-a-minute off Patrick Makau's world record of two hours three minutes 38 seconds set in the German capital last year.

Kenya swept the podium spots with another marathon debutant, Geoffrey Kipsang, finishing in third place a minute and 57 seconds behind Mutai.

In the women's race, Ethiopia clinched a one-two double with pre-race favourite Kebede winning her second Berlin marathon after 2010 with a time of two hours twenty minutes and 30 seconds. Her training partner Tirfi Tsegaye was second with Ukraine's Olena Shurhno third.

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