IAAF.org: Marathon & Race Walking Review
28.12.2003In der achten Ausgabe des IAAF Jahresrückblickes, blicken A. Lennart Julin und Mirko Jalava auf die Highlights im Laufjahr 2003 zurück.
The 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!
While Paul Tergat has been celebrated in every possible way for his fantastic new marathon time (which will become the first official World record for the event on 1 January 2004), almost nothing has been said or written about Sammy Korir although he finished just one single second behind Tergat in the race! One single second in a total of almost 7,500 seconds!
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