Current marathon world record holder Haile Gebrselassie won his fourth straight Berlin Marathon this weekend in 2:06.08. Last year, he became the first man to ever break 2:04.00 by gutting out a 2:03.59 26.2miles in Berlin and cutting over 27 seconds from his previous best.
The Ethiopian pushed the pace from the start in attempts to run a new record, but the strong sun got the best of him and he settled for the stellar win.
Gebrselassie hit the half way mark in a stunning 1:01.44 and held the sub 3-minute per kilometer pace until about the 35km mark when pacemaker Sammy Kosgei called it quits. Geb said after the race that his preparation and his fitness were both perfect for setting the world record, but the weather and lack of competition after his blistering beginning hampered the marathoner. He significantly slowed after the 35km mark and was visibly exhausted, but his guts and the end result should not be downplayed. Within this race, Geb actually set a new world record for 30km in 1:27.49 and garnered his 27th world record or best! A fast start got the best of him, but the running world got to see one of the best.
Haile Gebrselassie Post Race Interview Berlin Marathon 2009
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