1 Oct 2008

Gebrselassie smashes world marathon record

7:07 am on 1 October 2008

Ethiopian Haile Gebrselassie has shattered his own world marathon record, becoming the first man to run under two hours four minutes.

In his win in the Berlin marathon Gebrselassie clocked two hours three minutes 59 seconds to better the 2:04:26 he set in the German city a year ago.

The 35-year-old was inside the required pace from the start and at the halfway stage was already 25 seconds faster than his split time last year.

Gebrselassie, who opted not to run the marathon at last month's Beijing Olympics because of concerns about pollution, dropped his final challenger with around six kilometres left and his victory was never in doubt.