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The fun numbers of Kimetto’s epic WR


KIMETTO-WREATHNEW YORK, September 29-Dennis Kimetto ran 2:02:57 at the Berlin Marathon to break the world record and become the first person in history to go under 2:03 on any course.

In only his fifth race at the distance, the he smashed the 2:03 barrier a year after his compatriot Wilson Kipsang had brought the world record down to 2:03:23 on the same course.

Kimetto’s is the tenth world record on a course which makes full use of Berlin’s flat terrain and gentle corners. The BMW Berlin-Marathon is an IAAF Gold Label race and part of the World Marathon Majors Series.

Emmanuel Mutai finished second in 2:03:13, ten seconds inside the old record while Ethiopia’s Abera Kuma broke through to the marathon elite with third place in a personal best of 2:05:56.

Here are a few fun facts in the wake of Kimetto’s mark.

Kimetto’s average pace per mile: 4:41.5

Kimetto’s average pace per 5K: 14:34.9

Kimetto’s average pace for one lap of a standard outdoor track: 69.93 seconds

Kimetto’s time at halfway: 61:45

Kimetto’s split for his second half marathon: 61:12

Kimetto’s 5K split from 30K to 35K: 14:10

Number of times the men’s world record has been broken since 2002: 6

Number of those new records set in Berlin: 6

Number of times Emmanuel Mutai has broken a course record while finishing second to Kimetto: 2

Number of times Mutai has finished second at a World Marathon Majors race since 2009: 7