BERLIN — Haile Gebrselassie lost the race against time on Sunday when Patrick Makau shattered his marathon world record and ended an era of two decades dominated by arguably the greatest distance runner in history.

BERLIN — Haile Gebrselassie lost the race against time on Sunday when Patrick Makau shattered his marathon world record and ended an era of two decades dominated by arguably the greatest distance runner in history.

His lungs seizing up and struggling for air after more than 27 kilometers (17 miles) of the Berlin Marathon, Gebrselassie finally quit shortly after kilometer 35.

By then, Makau was more than two minutes ahead — on his own and on the way to the German capital's landmark Brandenburg Gate and a new world record.

"I was hoping to gain a lot of experience but not to win," Makau said after slashing 21 seconds from Gebrselassie's old mark.

Makau pulled away after 27 kilometers and finished in 2 hours, 3 minutes, 38 seconds.

"I want to congratulate Patrick Makau with his WR, it is great to see a new generation and I would love to race them for some time," Gebrselassie wrote on Twitter.

Gebrselassie, whose previous record stood at 2:03.59, pulled up after Makau's breakaway and seemed on the verge of giving up when he stopped running and bent over, holding his chest. After about a minute, he resumed the race.

"It was a disappointing result today, I really trained well for a fast time, but under WR was too fast for me today," he tweeted.