• Mutai and Kebede Win Berlin Marathon

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Favourite Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya won the mens Berlin Marathon, while Ethiopia's Aberu Kebede set a new personal best winning the women's race.

Mutai won in 2:04:15, narrowly beating his training partner, Dennis Kimetto, who clocked the fastest marathon debut in history, 2:04:16. Another Kenyan debutant, 19-year-old Geoffrey Kipsang was third in 2:06:12.

"I had the chance to break the world record but after 35 kms I had stomach cramps and I decided to maintain the pace," Mutai told reporters. "I thank God for winning this race and it was possible to break the world record but I tried even though I could not move." Mutai said.

28-year-old Kimetto, looked so comfortable loping alongside Mutai that a third Berlin victory  for Mutai seemed a distinct possibility.  Mutai took a couple of metres lead after 35km, but he could not drop the younger man. Going into the final stretch and through the Brandenburg Gate, Kimetto, who clocked the fastest marathon debut ever, had no reserves to launch a final challenge with Mutai clinging on for victory.

"I was not expecting to finish close to him since I knew I could not beat him," said Kimetto. "But I am happy with my run and in future, I will try for the world record." Kimeto told media.

Mutai's victory gave him an unassailable lead in the world marathon majors series which awards points during a two-year cycle from finish positions in the Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago and New York marathons with a million dollar jackpot split between the mens and womens winners.

In the womens race, Ethiopia clinched a one-two double with pre-race favourite Aberu Kebede winning he second Berlin marathon in 2:20:30. Her training partner Tirfi Tsegaye was second with Ukraine's Olena Shurhno third.

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