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Kipsang sets new marathon world record

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Wilson Kipsang broke the marathon world record by 15 seconds © AP
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Kenya's Wilson Kipsang set a new world record as he claimed victory in the Berlin marathon.

Kipsang, 31, finished in two hours three minutes 23 seconds to beat his compatriot Patrick Makau's previous record of 2:03:38, set two years ago in the same city, by 15 seconds.

The London 2012 bronze medallist's fellow Kenyans Eliud Kipchoge (2:04:05) and Geoffrey Kipsang (2:06:26) came in second and third respectively on Sunday morning.

Makau withdrew from the event two weeks ago with a knee injury.

Kipsang broke away from the leading pack to take control in Berlin as the tempo dropped in the final 10km.

"I'm very happy that I have won and broken the world record," Kipsang said.

"I was really inspired by [fellow Kenyan] Paul Tergat when he broke the world record here 10 years ago and I'm very happy that I was in a position to break the record on the same course."

It is his seventh win, including last year's London marathon, since his debut in Paris three years ago.

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