Mutai edges Kimetto in Berlin Marathon

Updated: September 30, 2012, 9:35 AM ET
Associated Press

BERLIN -- Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya held off compatriot and training partner Dennis Kimetto to win the Berlin Marathon on Sunday.

Mutai stepped up the pace in the last third of the race but Kimetto kept up as the other front runners dropped out after the 20th mile.

The two were on world record pace but slowed in the final mile to miss Patrick Makau's mark of 2 hours, 3 minutes, 38 seconds set in Berlin last year.

Mutai finished in 2:04:15, a second ahead of Kimetto, making his marathon debut.

Another newcomer, 19-year-old Geoffrey Kipsang, completed the Kenyan top three.

Mutai owns the fastest marathon time ever recorded: 2:03:02 at the 2011 Boston Marathon. Because of Boston's course, it is not recognized as the world record.

Aberu Kebede of Ethiopia won the women's race in 2:20:30, ahead of teammate Tirfi Tsegaye. Olena Shurhno of Ukraine was third.

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