ADDIS ABEBA – Athlete Kenenisa Bekele today missed world record by two seconds during his win a Berlin Marathon in 2:01:41.
Trailing countryman Berhanu Legese by 13 seconds at 35 kilometers, Kenenisa rose from the dead to win the 2019 BMW Berlin Marathon in an astonishing 2:01:41, missing Eliud Kipchoge’s world record, set on this course a year ago, by just two seconds.
“I don’t give up. I have had difficult injuries, until only three months ago, but I am happy to run my personal best,” he said after the race. “I had a tight hamstring at 31K and had to slow down, but then it recovered and I was able to retake the lead.
“I knew I was very close to the record, but I couldn’t quite make it. Before the race, I did not expect a world record, so I am very happy to take 80 seconds off my personal best.”
Berhanu finished second place at 2:02:48. Sisay Lemma.was third, another 48 seconds behind.
In the women’s race, Ethiopian Ashete Bekere beat out compatriot Mare Dibaba with a 2:20:14. Kenya’s Sally Chepyego was third. Britain’s Paula Radcliffe holds the women’s best of 2:15:25 from London in 2003.