Marathons

Meaningful triumphs for Lagat, Simpson at Fifth Avenue Mile

Written by Joe Battaglia, Universal Sports.

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NEW YORK -- The instances when Bernard Lagat has gone home from the Big Apple without winning number about the same times Jenny Simpson has competed in front of her younger sister Emily.

(UPDATE WITH IMAGE GALLERY) 38th BMW BERLIN MARATHON: Patrick Makau runs world record with 2:03:38, Florence Kiplagat wins women’s race, followed by Irina Mikitenko and Paula Radcliffe

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Patrick Makau has crowned the 38th BMW BERLIN MARATHON with a world record. The 26 year-old Kenyan clocked 2:03:38, beating Haile Gebrselassie and improving the record of the Ethiopian by 21 seconds. With a dramatic surge after 27 k defending champion Patrick Makau had dropped Haile Gebrselassie well behind. While the Ethiopian later dropped out after the 35 k mark he lost another world record to Patrick Makau on a miserable day for him: The Kenyan had passed the 30 k mark in 1:27:38, eleven seconds quicker than Haile in 2009. Split times will be officially ratified as world records if times were taken by official referees. That was the case in Berlin on Sunday.

38th BMW BERLIN MARATHON: Patrick Makau runs world record with 2:03:38, Florence Kiplagat wins women’s race, followed byIrina Mikitenko and Paula Radcliffe

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Patrick Makau has crowned the 38th BMW BERLIN MARATHON with a world record. The 26 year-old Kenyan clocked 2:03:38, beating Haile Gebrselassie and improving the record of the Ethiopian by 21 seconds. With a dramatic surge after 27 k defending champion Patrick Makau had dropped Haile Gebrselassie well behind. The Ethiopian later dropped out between 35 and 40 k.

Super BMW BERLIN-MARATHON in Prospect

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All roads lead to Berlin. First, on Thursday,came women’s world record holder, Paula Radcliffe, ready to revive aflagging career in Sunday’s 38th BMW BERLIN MARATHON. Laterthat day, the German Pope arrived, and drove part of the marathon course,en route to say mass in the Olympic Stadium. Then today, Friday, came theheavenly twins of men’s marathoning – world record holder and livinglegend Haile Gebrselassie, and last year’s Berlin winner Patrick Makau,out to strengthen his tenuous grasp on the current world number oneranking.

BMW BERLIN MARATHON: Paula Radcliffe's long moment of truth?

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It should be a match made in heaven, the women’smarathon world record holder finally running on the universally recognisedfastest marathon course in the world. But it’s been two years since PaulaRadcliffe ran a 42.195k race, finishing fourth in New York 2009, and, onher own admission today, “I was hurting”.