On September 28, a new world record was set by Dennis Kimetto of Kenya while running at the Berlin Marathon in Berlin, the capital of Germany. He ran the 42.195 km (26.2 miles) race in 2 hours 2 minutes 57 seconds. He beat the previous world record by 26 seconds, which was set by another Kenyan last year at the same race. The winner of the women’s race was Tirfi Tsegaye of Ethiopia with a time of 2 hours 20 minutes 18 seconds.
The Berlin Marathon was started in 1974, and is run annually. When the race first began, the city of Berlin was split between two countries, East and West Germany, and the two parts were called East and West Berlin. The marathon race was run in West Berlin. Germany used to be one country, but after World War II, it was divided into two. In 1990, the two Germanies were united back into one.
Brandenburg Gate (image, built in 1791) is a famous landmark of Berlin. When Berlin was split, the Gate was located in East Berlin. Runners participating in the Berlin Marathon ran through Brandenburg Gate for the first time in 1990.
You can watch the marathon highlights here.
Image Credits: Thomas Wolf, www.foto-tw.de for Brandenburg Gate’s image, Dirk Ingo Franke for Kimetto’s image
Sources: http://www.bmw-berlin-marathon.com/, http://www.nationsonline.org/, http://www.berlin.de/