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Geoffrey Mutai Leads Solid Berlin Field

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Sep. 14, 2012
  • Updated Sep. 14, 2012 at 9:54 AM UTC
Geoffrey Mutai will be looking to win the Berlin Marathon later this month. Photo: PhotoRun.net

The fastest marathoner of all-time will square off against a stacked field.

He may not officially hold the world record, but Geoffrey Mutai is the fastest marathoner in the history of the world. And now the Kenyan, who set that mark at the 2011 Boston Marathon, running an eye-popping 2:03:02, is heading to Berlin to try out his luck at taking down the official mark of 2:03:38 set there last year by his countryman Patrick Makau.

Later last year, Mutai went on to win the ING New York City Marathon, setting a new course record along the way.

In Berlin, the 30-year-old will be challenged by Jonathan Maiyo of Kenya, who ran his personal best (2:04:56) to take fourth at the Dubai Marathon earlier this year.

Deresse Chimsa from Ethiopia (2:05:42); and Nicholas Kamakya (Kenya, 2:06:34) will also be in the mix.

But there are other first-time marathoners that Mutai has to watch for as well. One of them is Geoffrey Kipsang, who wan the Vattenfall Berlin Half Marathon last year. Since that race, he’s gone on to improve his personal best in the half to an impressive 59:26.

Another debutant is this year’s Berlin Half Marathon champion, Dennis Kimetto.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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