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At Sunday’s Frankfurt Marathon, 80-year-old Klemens Wittig broke 3:40 taking six minutes off a previous age group record.
Wittig’s time of 3:39:54 was a new European M80 marathon record, according to race organizers. The Frankfurt Marathon is Germany’s second largest in terms of participation numbers and is the country’s longest-running major city marathon, older than the Berlin Marathon.
The M80 world record is held by none other than Ed Whitlock, who passed away in March at 86. Whitlock, who is the only person over the age of 70 to have run faster than three hours in a marathon, ran 3:15:54 when he was 80.
Wittig finished the 42.2K wearing a split European Union and German flag draped over his shoulders. The end of the race is held within the confines of the Festhalle of Frankfurt, an arena that houses upwards of 13,500 people.