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Dennis Kimetto

[Photo of Dennis Kimetto]

22 January 1984

2:03:45 (Chicago, 2013)


21Apr14 Boston Marathon DNF
13Oct13 Bank of America Chicago Marathon 1st 2:03:45
24Feb13 Tokyo Marathon 1st 2:06:50
30Sep12 BMW Berlin Marathon 2nd 2:04:16


Dennis Kimetto smashed the Bank of America Chicago Marathon course record in 2013 with a 2:03:45. It was the fastest marathon ever run in the United States and fourth fastest anywhere on a standard course. He ran near dead even splits of 1:01:52 and 1:01:53.

He set a course record for his first marathon victory at the 2013 Tokyo Marathon. In just his second race at the distance he used a strong second half to cross the finish in 2:06:50, eight seconds ahead of fellow Kenyan Michael Kipyego.

If the IAAF recognized marathon debut world records, Kimetto would be the world record holder. In his first race at Berlin in September 2012, Kimetto crossed the finish line in 2:04:16, just one second behind winner Geoffrey Mutai.

That was seven seconds better than Ayele Abshero ran at Dubai in January 2012. (Moses Mosop ran 2:03:06 at Boston at 2011 on a downhill course with a strong following wind).

Kimetto was trying to become the first man to accomplish an unprecedented calendar year "Berlin triple". Earlier in 2012 he won there at the half-marathon (59:14, Vattenfall Berliner Halbmarathon) and at 25 kilometres (1:11:18, BIG 25). The only man to win the first two races in the same year was Tendai Chimusasa in 1994 but he did not win the marathon.

The 1:11:18 was a new world record. Kimetto ran the first three 5km sections in 14:00/28:21/42:56) and closed the final 10km in 28:22.