Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Boston 2011: 2:03:02 for Geoffrey Mutai!

Geoffrey Mutai has won the 2011 Boston Marathon, in the incredible time of 2:03:01. No, it's not a world record. It's not recognized because the course is downhill, point-to-point. And that means that the WR belongs to Haile Gebrselassie at 2:03:59, but this is an extra-ordinary time nonetheless.

Aided by the strong tailwind, Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya has scorched his way to a 2:03:02. Yep, you read that right, no typos here. 2:03:02. Incredible running, with a first half of 1:01:57 and a second half of 1:01:05. And that includes the Newton Hills. That shows the strength of the wind and also the incredible performance of Geoffrey Mutai.

In second was Moses Mosop, a marathon debutant, in 2:03:06, and third was NY champion Gebre Gebremariam, while Ryan Hall ran 2:04:58 to finish fourth.

The table below shows the splits. An absolutely extraordinary start and finish to the race. The first 10km were covered in 29:06, which was projecting 2:02:47. Then it actually slowed a little, the middle 20km being covered in 59:17, which is "only" 2:05 pace!