Ethiopian champion Kenenisa Bekele finished the Berlin Marathon two seconds shy of Eliud Kipchoge record time of two hours, one minute and thirty-nine seconds.
37-year-old Kenenisa Bekele who is a former 5,000 and 10,000 marathon champion was proud of the time he finished the Berlin Marathon.
At the end of the race, Bekele vowed to never give up and try again next time.
Eliud Kipchoge who was missing in the race was preparing in the coming marathon set for October In Vienna, Australia.
Last year, Kipchoge opened the gap between him and Bekele with 30 kilometers left finishing at 2 hours, three minutes and three seconds.
In Berlin, Birhanu Legese come second a minute late ahead of Sisaya Lemma who completed an all Ethiopian win.
Kenyens were delighted with the news describing it as a close shave.
“Kenanisa Bekele misses @EliudKipchoge ‘s Marathon World record by 2 seconds. Phew that was too close. Thank God Our Kipchoge’s records survives ” Said Senator Kipchumba Murkomen