IAAF.org: Marathon & Race Walking Review
Paul Tergat with 2:04:55 in Berlin
2003-12-27The Marathon running and Race Walking highlights of 2003. Renowned statisticians A. Lennart Julin and Mirko Jalava continue their end of season review - Part Four of eight instalments.
MEN - Marathon and Race Walking
Marathon The marathon revolution of recent years showed no sign of coming to an end in 2003 – rather the opposite. At the very top 2003 compared more than favourably with the whole previous history of the event. The top-10 runners of 2003 averaged 2:06:12 while the top-10 of all-time before 2003 averaged 2:06:16!!
The driving force in this ongoing process continued to be Kenya and its seemingly endless supply of new marathon talent. The main Kenyan coups this year were two new bests:
* Evans Rutto with 2:05:50 in Chicago making the fastest ever marathon début! * Paul Tergat with 2:04:55 in Berlin making the fastest ever marathon!
However, one might say that our own - and athletic history’s - traditional almost obsessive fascination with the ’record’ concept was especially unfair to one athlete this year, Kenyas Sammy Korir!
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