24 September 2006 – Berlin, Germany – Haile Gebrselassie won the 33rd real,- Berlin Marathon but he missed Paul Tergat's World Record once again over the difficult final stages. In warm conditions with temperatures climbing well over 20° Celsius (70° F.) two hours into the race, the 33-year-old Ethiopian clocked 2:05:56, the fastest in the world this year. Gebreselassie also improved his personal best and national record of 2:06:20 set a year ago in Amsterdam by 24 seconds.
Kenyan Tergat won the Berlin Marathon three years ago in 2:04:55, a performance which still stands as the World record. Gebrselassie is getting closer but the gap between the pair is still 61 seconds, which equates to more than 300 metres. Nonetheless, with his Berlin performance, Gebrselassie is now the fifth fastest runner in history with the seventh fastest time ever.