Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Sprint is on to run first sub two-hour marathon

Another day, another marathon record. On Sunday it was Emmanuel Mutai running the fastest time in the 31-year history of the London Marathon. Yesterday, in Boston, it was Geoffrey Mutai – another Kenyan, but no relation – running the fastest marathon in the history of the planet: 2hr 03min 02sec.

It was a Boston Marathon record but not an official world record for the classic distance of 26 miles 385 yards. The Boston race is run on an undulating, roller-coaster course that is classified as "downhill" by the world governing body, the International Association of Athletics Federations.