Former barber sets Masters Marathon Record

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Kenneth Mungara of Kenya broke his own Masters world marathon record on Sunday after winning the Australia’s Gold Coast Airport Marathon in 2:08:42.

Mungara, 41, first set the record with a 2:08:44 victory in Milan on 12th April. That performance lowered the previous standard of 2:08:46, set by Andres Espinosa of Mexico in 2003. Mungara’s time also established a new Australian all-comers record, taking 32 seconds off the mark fellow Kenyan Silah Limo set at the Gold Coast race in 2014.  

"I know I can go faster again in the future," said Mungara, a four-time Toronto Waterfront Marathon winner.

In his early 30s, Mungara operated a barber shop where a number of prominent runners were his customers. Despite not being in formal training at the time, he decided he could beat them. By 2008, Mungara had won the Prague Marathon. In 2011, he ran his personal best of 2:07:36 in a runner-up finish in Prague.