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Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya underlined his claim to be the world's best long-distance runner with victory in Sunday's 39th Berlin Marathon.
Mutai took the win in a time of two hours, four minutes and 15 seconds, narrowly edging out his training partner Dennis Kimetto, who with a time of 2hrs 4mins and 16secs clocked the fastest marathon debut in history.
Another Kenyan debutant, 19-year-old Geoffrey Kipsang, was third in 2:06.12.
Mutai's time is the fastest run so far this year.
Aberu Kebede of Ethiopia won the women's race in 2:20.30, ahead of compatriot Tirfi Tsegaye (2:21.19) and Olena Shurhno (2:23.32) of Ukraine in third.