01 SEP 2009 General News Berlin, Germany

Two fastest all-time go head to head in Berlin

Haile again! On the way to his 2:03:59 World record in Berlin (Victah Sailer)Haile again! On the way to his 2:03:59 World record in Berlin (Victah Sailer) © Copyright

Haile Gebrselassie vs. Duncan Kibet – the two fastest marathon runners of all time will go head to head at the 36th real,- Berlin-Marathon on 20th September.

The Berlin Marathon is an IAAF Gold Label Road Race.

Haile Gebrselassie (36) from Ethiopia, World record holder with his stunning time of 2:03:59 last year, has won this marathon three times in a row and is aiming for another try on his own World record. He clocked his first World Marathon record in Berlin in 2007 (2:04:26).

The fast course has also attracted Kenya’s Duncan Kibet (31) to try for the record. No one ever came closer to Gebrselassie's record mark than Kibet, when winning the Rotterdam marathon last April his time was 2:04:27 making him the second fastest marathoner ever.

40,923 runners are expected to line up for one of the biggest marathons in the world with one million spectators estimated along the course.

Berlin marathon organisers