Berlin, Germany (Sports Network) - Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya captured the Berlin Marathon in a narrow finish over countryman Dennis Kimetto.
The two crossed the finish line within one second of each other, Mutai breaking the tape first in a time of 2 hours, 4 minutes and 15 seconds. Kimetto's time of 2:04:16 was the fastest marathon debut in history.
Mutai, who also won the 2011 Boston Marathon and the 2011 New York Marathon, clinched the World Marathon Majors title -- a series that includes results from Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago and New York over a two-year period.
It was the third straight Berlin win for a Kenyan runner, as Patrick Markau had captured the title the last two years.
Kenyan Geoffrey Kipsang was a distant third, 1:57 off the winning pace. The first eight finishers Sunday were from Kenya.
Ethiopia's Aberu Kebede was the women's champion for the second time in three years. The 2010 winner finished Sunday in a time of 2:20:30, 49 seconds in front of countrywoman Tirfi Tsegaye. Olena Shurhno of the Ukraine was more than three minutes behind in third.
09/30 09:49:22 ET