After coming agonisingly close two years ago, Kenya's Wilson Kipsang finally made his way into the history books on Sunday in Berlin by breaking the fastest marathon world record.

Kipsang clocked a history-making time of 2:03:23 during the BMW Berlin Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race.

The 31-year-old’s time beat the previous mark of 2:03:38 set by fellow countryman Patrick Makau in the same race two years ago.

Kipsang’s triumph came after he missed out on the record by just four seconds, after winning the 2011 Frankfurt marathon.

Speaking after confirmation of the record, Kipsang, who finished third at the London 2012 Olympic Games, said: "I was feeling strong so I decided to push,'' said Kipsang. "I'm very happy that I've won and at breaking the World record."

"This is a dream come true; 10 years ago, I watched Paul Tergat break the World record in Berlin, and now I have achieved the dream.”