Category: Marathon


October 13th, 2019 by

  Twenty four hours is a long time in marathon running. Barely was the ink dry on Eliud Kipchoge’s ‘aided’ sub-two hour run in Vienna on Saturday morning than his Kenyan compatriot Brigid Kosgei was writing her own impressive headline, breaking the seemingly inviolable women’s world record at the Chicago Marathon on Sunday morning, with […]

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October 12th, 2019 by

  If there were any doubts about the primacy of Eliud Kipchoge in modern marathoning, they were expunged in Vienna on Saturday morning when the Kenyan Olympic champion and world record holder ran the 42.195 kilometres in one hour, 59 minutes and 40.2 seconds, the historic first sub-two hour marathon. Granted it was done with […]

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September 16th, 2018 by

  Equilibrium is restored. Eliud Kipchoge, a man who can already lay claim to being the greatest male marathon runner in history underlined that status by finally adding the kudos of world record holder to his curriculum vitae. In the latest (and greatest?) of a string of world records on the race track that is […]

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April 17th, 2018 by

  So now we know how to beat the East Africans. Simply arrange for (close) to zero temperatures, high winds, and incessant, driving rain, as happened in the Boston Marathon on Monday. Of the dozen and a half East Africans, thirteen failed to finish; and from having no US women’s winner since 1985, five of […]

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January 30th, 2018 by

  In addition to seven men under two hours, five minutes, and four women under 2.20 – in both cases, more than the aggregate for all last year’s marathons – the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon last Friday landed the considerable coup of having world record holder Paula Radcliffe as a race commentator. As well as […]

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November 9th, 2017 by

  Thirty years ago, when the first wave of East African marathoners was giving suspicious hints of the tsunami of excellence to follow, the coach of the two outstanding Djibouti marathoners, Ahmed Salah and Jamah Robleh gave his trainees some advice which seemed counter-intuitive. Jacky Fournier suggested to Salah and Robleh that they should model […]

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