Paul Tergat - Marathon World Best 2:04:55

BERLIN, Sept 28 (AFP) - Kenya’s Paul Tergat has set a
new world best time of 2hr 04min 55secs on his way towinning the Berlin marathon here Sunday.
Tergat thus beats the previous world best time of
2:05:38 set by Moroccan-born American Khalid Khannouchi. :eek:

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BERLIN, Sept 28 (AFP) - Kenya’s Paul Tergat has set a
new world best time of 2hr 04min 55secs on his way to
winning the Berlin marathon here Sunday.

Tergat, whose pacemaker Sammy Korir came in second place in 2:04:56, thus shatters the previous world best
time of 2:05:38 set by Moroccan-born American Khalid
Khannouchi in London last year.

Tergat, who came second behind Khannouchi on that occasion in 2:05:48, thus claims his first marathon win in six starts but it is one which has handed him the third world record of his career.

He also held the track record of 26:27.85 for the 10,000 metres - which has since been broken by Ethiopian rival Haile Gebrselassie - and owns the world’s best time of 59:17 for the half-marathon.

Berlin has a reputation for producing fast times and Tergat’s time came despite a late change of course so the race would finish through the Brandenburg Gate.

It is the fourth world record registered in the German capital in five years, since Ronaldo da Costa of Brazil started the sequence in 1998.

Tegla Loroupe set a women’s record the following year in 2:20:43, and that was broken by Naoko Takahashi of Japan in 2001, when she became the first woman under twohours 20 minutes, with her 2:19:46.
Another world record also came for Andres Espinosa of Mexico, who shattered the veterans’ or masters’ (over-40s) record.
The Mexican was fourth overall, in 2:08.46. The previous veterans’ record of 2:11:04 was set by John Campbell of New Zealand.

BERLIN, Sept 28 (AFP) - Japan’s Yasuko Hashimoto won the women’s edition of the Berlin marathon here Sundayin a time 2hr 26min 32sec.