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
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
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!