Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Fast-Paced Marathons

No, the title does not refer to me. I have not run, and do not have much desire at all to run, a marathon. But, I was curious about the make-up of the elite of the elite of men's marathoners. My source is Track and Field All-Time Performances.

The top 25 all-time fastest marathoners are:
  • 16 Kenyans
  • 8 Ethiopians
  • 1 American
Of those top 25 times:
  • 3 are less than 2:04
  • 12 are between 2:04 and 2:04:59
  • 10 are between 2:05 and 2:05:23
The top 2 times are world's best, not world records:
  • Geoffrey Mutai, Kenya, 2011 Boston, 2:03:02 (downhill and point-to-point)
  • Moses Mosop, Kenya, 2011 Boston, 2:03:06 (downhill and point-to-point)
  • Haile Gebreselassie, 2008 Berlin, Ethiopia, 2:03:59 — official World Record
The only American in the top 25 is Ryan Hall at #15: 2:04:58, 2011 Boston (downhill and point-to-point)

The runners who have been in the top 25 the longest are:
  • Paul Tergat, Kenya, 2003 Berlin, 2:04:55
  • Sammy Korir, Kenya, 2003 Berlin, 2:04:56
The youngest in the list (at the time he ran) is Lelisa Gemechu Feyisa, Ethiopia, #25, 2010 Rotterdam, 2:05:23 — he was 20 year, 2 months, 10 days.

The oldest in the list (at the time he ran) is Haile Gebreselassie, Ethiopia, #3 (WR), 2008 Berlin, 2:03:59 — he was 35 years, 5 months, 10 days.

Frequency on the list:
  • 3 times: Geoffrey Mutai (Kenya), Haile Gebreselassie (Ethiopia), and Tsegay Kebede (Ethiopia)
  • 2 time: Patrick Makau (Kenya)
Gives us something to aim for, no? LOL!

Run well, y'all,
Bob A
Nairobi
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