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Gebrselassie wins Berlin Marathon

HAILE Gebrselassie won the Berlin Marathon for the fourth time yesterday despite struggling in the last third of the race.

Gebrselassie set world records in winning on his favorite course the last two years, but this time he finished well over in 2 hours, 6 minutes and 8 seconds. Last year, Gebrselassie became the first man to run under 2 hours, 4 minutes when he finished in 2:03:59 and slashed 27 seconds off his previous mark. Francis Kiprop of Kenya was second in 2:07:04 and Negari Therfa of Ethiopia was third in 2:07:41. An Ethiopian runner also won the women's marathon, with Atsede Besuye crossing the line in 2:24:47. Silvia Skvortsova of Russia was second in 2:26:24 and Mamitu Daska of Ethiopia third in 2:26:38.


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