Abel Kirui, 27, of Kenya won Saturday’s World Championships men’s marathon in Berlin in a course and event-record 2:06:54 followed by countryman Emmanuel Kipchirchir in 2:07:48. The bronze medal went to Ethiopia’s Tsegay Kebede in 2:08:35, bronze medalist in the 2008 Summer Olympics. Kenyans and Ethiopians claimed the top five spots. Temperatures were in the mid-60s with 79 percent humidity.
The top three won $60,000, $30,000 and $20,000. There were 70 finishers, 21 did not finish and seven did not start. The course record had been 2:08:31 by Jaouad Gharib in 2003.
American finishers were 24. Dan Browne in 2:16:49, 36. Matt Gabrielson of Minneapolis in 2:18:41 and 63. Nate Jenkins in 2:32:16. Ed Torres did not start.
The women’s marathon is 4:15 a.m. (CDT) Sunday on Universal Sports.com here.