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Kenyan wins rain-soaked Berlin Marathon

Patrick Makau held off fellow Kenyan Geoffrey Mutai with a sprint finish to win this year's Berlin Marathon on Sunday. Heavy rain and fog, however, killed off his chances for a world record.

Makau and Mutai

The Kenyans finished well ahead of the rest of pack

Kenyan Patrick Makau won the 37th Berlin Marathon, but failed to break the world record set on the course two years ago by Ethiopian Haile Gebrselassie.

Makau finished more than a minute outside the record in a time of two hours, five minutes and eight seconds.

Runners fill the street with the Brandenburg Gate in the foggy background

This year's Berlin marathon attracted over 40,000 entrants

Compatriot Geoffrey Mutai tucked in behind him, crossing the line just two seconds later. Third place went to Bazu Worku of Ethiopia with a time of 2:05:25.

Makau and Mutai had set their sights on Gebrselassie's world record of 2:03:59 set on the same course in Berlin in 2008. But bad weather took its toll and both men were more than 30 seconds off the pace at the halfway mark.

Gebrselassie was absent from this year's marathon, planning instead to run the New York City Marathon in November.

The women's event this year was claimed by Aberu Kebede of Ethiopia in a personal best of 2:23:58. Teammate Bezunesh Bekele came home a minute behind in second, followed by Tomo Morimoto of Japan in third.

More than 40,000 men and women took part in this year's race on the puddle-punctuated streets of the German capital.

Author: Gregg Benzow (dpa/ap/Reuters)

Editor: Sean Sinico

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