Defending champion Patrick Makau of Kenya won the Berlin Marathon in a world-record time of 2 hours, 3 minutes, 38 seconds.

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Makau sets world record

of 2:03:38 in Berlin Marathon

Haile Gebrselassie of Ethiopia lost the race against time Sunday when Patrick Makau of Kenya shattered his marathon world record and ended an era of two decades dominated by arguably the greatest distance runner in history.

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His lungs seizing up and struggling for air after more than 27 kilometers (17 miles) of the Berlin Marathon, the 38-year-old Gebrselassie finally quit shortly after kilometer 35.

By then, Makau was more than two minutes ahead — on his own and on the way to beating Gebrselassie’s record, set in Berlin three years ago, by 21 seconds.

Defending champion Makau ran 26.2 miles in 2 hours, 3 minutes, 38 seconds.

“I was hoping to gain a lot of experience but not to win,” the 26-year-old Makau said.

Makau’s previous best time was 2:04:48 at the 2010 Rotterdam Marathon in the Netherlands.

“This has been the greatest day of my running life,” Makau said. “When I woke up, my body didn’t feel very good. As the race went on, I felt better. At 25 kilometers, I felt I could break the world record. It’s a great thing to beat Haile, one of my heroes.”

Florence Kiplagat of Kenya won the women’s race in 2:19.44.


Report: 1984 Olympic coach

is accused of sexual abuse

Two women have told The Orange County Register newspaper of California they were sexually abused in the 1980s by the man who coached the 1984 U.S. Olympic team.

USA Gymnastics is aware of the allegations against Don Peters and is looking into them, federation president Steve Penny said. Should USA Gymnastics find merit to the allegations, the 62-year-old Peters could be subject to a lifetime ban.

“Athlete safety is a top priority for USA Gymnastics, and sexual misconduct against minors is unacceptable and against USA Gymnastics policy,” Penny said.

Peters and his SCATS gym in Huntington Beach, Calif., accounted for several national-team gymnasts.

Doe Yamashiro, a former U.S. team member who was at SCATS in the 1980s, told the Register that Peters repeatedly fondled her, beginning in 1986 when she was 16, and had sexual intercourse with her when she was 17. Yamashiro said Peters’ advances continued until she went to Stanford in 1988.

A second woman, who asked her name not be used, told the Register that Peters had sex with her in 1985 when she was 18.

Linda McNamara, a former assistant director at SCATS, told the Register that Peters told her in the early 1990s he had sex with both of the gymnasts, as well as a third. The third woman declined to comment when contacted by the Register.

Peters declined to comment.


Host Fire wins MLS match

Sebastian Grazzini, Dominic Oduro and Patrick Nyarko scored to help the Chicago Fire beat the visiting New England Revolution 3-2 in a Major League Soccer match.

The Fire has won three of its last four MLS matches.

Midfielder Ryan Guy scored two goals in the final three minutes for New England, which trailed 2-0 after nine minutes.


Cavendish earns world title

Mark Cavendish became the first Briton to win the men’s road-race world title in 46 years when he prevailed in a sprint finish in the 165.3-mile event near Copenhagen, Denmark.

Cavendish, 26, won in 5 hours, 40 minutes, 27 seconds. Australian Matt Goss, Cavendish’s HTC-Highroad teammate, was second and German Andre Greipel placed third.

The previous Briton to win the title was Tom Simpson in 1965.

Tenth-place Tyler Farrar of Wenatchee was the top American finisher.


• Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia 6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 6-3 in the final of the Moselle Open in Metz, France, to win his first tennis title since 2009 and sixth of his career.

• Argentina beat Scotland 13-12 to boost its chances of reaching the Rugby World Cup quarterfinals in New Zealand. In other World Cup matches, Pool C leader Ireland routed Russia 62-12 and Samoa defeated Fiji 27-7 in Pool D.

• Vancouver Canucks defenseman Aaron Rome broke his hand and minor-league forward Steven Pinizzotto dislocated his shoulder during a 4-3 NHL exhibition loss to the visiting San Jose Sharks.

The Canucks released forward Owen Nolan, 39, from a tryout contract. He is a former All-Star.

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