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The marathon world record, held by Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge since 2018 (2 hours 1 minute and 39 seconds), did not fall during the 2021 Berlin marathon, Sunday, September 26. The Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele, well on his way to beat him, finally took only third place on this super fast course (2 hours 6 minutes and 47 seconds). His compatriot Guye Adola won in the German capital in 2 hours 5 minutes and 45 seconds, while Kenyan Bethwel Yegon finished second (2 hours 6 minutes and 14 seconds). Bekele, 39, still keeps ” confidence in (his) abilities »And still wants to break Kipchoge’s world record and become the first man to go below the 2 hour mark in competition. So far, only Kipchoge has succeeded, in October 2019 in Vienna, Austria, in conditions not approved by the athletics authorities. The Ethiopian Gotytom Gebreslase won in the ladies in 2 hours 20 minutes and 9 seconds.