This weekend Dennis Kimetto pulled away from the pack to once again set a world record marathon time on Berlin’s flat, fast course, proving once again that this race is the world’s fastest marathon.
Kimetto’s time of 02:02:57 comfortably beat the previous world record of 02:03:23 which was set in Berlin last year by Wilson Kipsang.
The Berlin Factor
Berlin seems to be the only place that a world record is likely to be set, in fact, the world record has changed 6 times in the last 11 years and all of those were in Berlin. You have to go back to 2002 to find a record set elsewhere, which was Khalid Khannouchi in the London Marathon.
Prior to 2003 however, the marathon world record had only changed hands in Berlin once (1998). The route was changed in 2003 to take in more of old Berlin and that was the start of a chain of 6 world records set in the German capital. Did the changes make it a flatter and faster race? It certainly appears so if you just look at the record books.