Berlin, Germany (Sports Network) - Kenyan Patrick Makau broke Haile Gebrselassie's marathon world record Sunday when he won the Berlin event with a time of 2:03:38.
The Ethiopian Gebrselassie, considered one of the greatest distance runners in history, set the world marathon mark at Berlin in 2007 and '08. His 2008 mark of 2:03:59 had stood as the record, but Sunday, a suffering Gebrselassie pulled out after nearly 22 miles.
Makau had surged free by that point and cruised to the record-setting victory, his second in a row in Berlin. Fellow Kenyans Stephen Kwelio Chemlany and Edwin Kimaiyo came in second and third, respectively. Chemlany finished in 2:07:55, while Kimaiyo ran 2:09:50.
In the women's event, Kenyan Florence Kiplagat won with a time of 2:19:44, well ahead of Germany's Irina Mikitenko (2:22:18), the 2008 winner. Britain's Paula Radcliffe was third with a time of 2:23:46.
09/25 11:44:44 ET