New marathon race record in Athens

Raymond Bett finished in 2:11:35 on Sunday, lowering the Athens Marathon record by five seconds. Courtesy of Globe Runner

Kenya's Raymond Bett is now the king of the marathon. Bett didn't clock the fastest 26.2-mile race ever, but he became the fastest human to cover the original Olympic course in the Athens Marathon. Bett's finishing time this weekend was a race-record 2:11:35.

Bett ran behind his fellow competitors until there was just 10K to go. At that point, he made his move, on the downhill, and never had to look back.

Paul Kosgei took second, while Alex Kirui, who had been passed by Kosgei, ended up in third.

"I was always confident I could win," Bett said. "I used the experience of winning here two years ago, to hang at the back of the group in the hills, and come through at the end. The conditions were good, but if I come back again, I think I could break the course record."

Bett improved the race record by five seconds. The course record still belongs to Stefano Baldini, 2:10:55, who ran that time to win Olympic gold in 2004.