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Bashir Abdi breaks 24-year-old mark to set new Belgian marathon record in London

Bashir Abdi has broken Vincent Rousseau's 24-year-old Belgian record on the marathon. In London, Bashir was 17 seconds faster than Rousseau in 1995, to finish in 2 hours, 7 minutes and 3 seconds. 

Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge took it in just 2 hours, 2 minutes and 37 seconds in a very fast marathon, breaking the course record and becoming the first man ever to take four London marathon crowns. Kipchoge was all smiles when he cruised towards the finish line at The Mall. He had all reason to smile, as he also ran the second fastest time ever in a marathon. In Berlin, he set a time of 2:01.39 last year.  

4.5 minutes behind Kipchoge, Abdi clinched 7th place for Belgium. Contrary to what he had said in interviews, Abdi started very fast. Halfway, he was well below the schedule to clinch the record. At the end, he had to slow down a bit, but he still dipped well below Vincent Rousseau's mark. Abdi also qualified for the Olympic Games. 

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