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PostPosted: Sun Sep 28, 2003 8:08 am    Post subject: Tergat finally gets his World Record Reply with quote

2:04.55 in today's Berlin Marathon, winning by a mere second.

http://berlin.championchip.de/

Haven't seen full results yet.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 28, 2003 8:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just found top 10 on the live ticker. You've gotta read fast, or the page refreshes on you and you lose your place in the tiny scroller windows...

1. Yasuko Hashimoto (Japan) - 2:26:32
2. Emily Kimuria (Kenya) - 2:28:18
3. Ornella Ferrara (Italy) - 2:28:28
4. Ana Dias (Portugal) - 2:28:49
5. Alina Ivanova (Russia) - 2:29:00
6. Monika Drybulska (Poland) - 2:29:58
7. Fumi Murata (Japan) - 2:30:15
8. Liz Yelling (Britain) - 2:30:58
9. Adelia Elias (Portugal) - 2:34:07
10. Dagmar Rabensteiner (Austria) - 2:34:35


1. Paul Tergat (Kenya) - 2:04:55 - WORLD RECORD
2. Sammy Korir (Kenya) - 2:04:56 - also inside former WR of 2:05:38 by Khalid Khannouchi
3. Titus Munji (Kenya) - 2:06:15
4. Andres Espinosa (Mexico) - 2:08:46 - World Vets` or Masters Record
5. Raymond Kipkoech (Kenya) - 2:09:22
6. Kazuhiro Matsuda (Kenya) - 2:09:50
7. Kurao Umeki (Japan) - 2:09:52
8. Andre Ramos (Brazil) - 2:09:59
9. Mahkosonke Fika (South Africa)- 2:10:13
10. Javier Caballero (Spain) - 2:10:44

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 28, 2003 2:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WOW Surprised

I would love to see Tergat and Kannouchi lock horns in Greece next year.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 28, 2003 2:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know they've both said they want to run in Athens, so let's hope they are both healthy and so inclined when the time comes. Unlikely it'll be a fast race there, so I'd have to think Tergat would be heavily favored over Khannouchi (who's success in tactical races is less than stellar).

When talk of Tergat moving up to the marathon began, I was one of the people who thought he'd shatter the record and be far better at the distance than Gebresalassie...

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 29, 2003 11:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting factoid: Tergat is the first Kenyan to hold the men's marathon record. I doubt there's any other event in the sport can lay claim to such dominance in the all-time lists with no record setting performance by a country.

Interesting tidbit: Korir and Munji, the Kenyans in 2nd and 3rd place, were both apparently in the race as pacesetters. Most likely the best finish-by-rabbits ever, all considered.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 29, 2003 8:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wonder if/when Bekele will try a marathon. He's still way too young now, but maybe in 5-10 years or so.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 29, 2003 8:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

He's got the same tools that propelled Tergat to that level, although he's yet to prove himself at the half marathon.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 29, 2003 9:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Has he even done (m)any competitive halfs? I know he won the 12k world XC title, but didn't know if he did any distances beyond that.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 29, 2003 9:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

XC is the longest I know of that he's run, but Tergat was also a 5k/10k/XC guy before really establishing his half marathon prowess. Bekele is still much younger than Tergat was when he entered the sport, let alone started setting records. The Ethiopians seem much better than the Kenyans in terms of longevity, so it'll be interesting to see how long he holds on and how much he improves.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 02, 2003 9:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anyone think the marathon WR will fall below 2 hours by the end of this century?

I don't think so considering 5 minutes is a heck of a lot of time, even if it is over 26.2 miles. Even though humans are still evolving, there has to be a limit to how far humans can go. Unless Bekele and Radcliffe hook up and start having little Kenisa Jrs, I find it hard to believe that 2 hours will even be threatened in the next century. I do, however, think we'll see times of 2:03:20 or so in the next 20 years.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 02, 2003 10:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't really believe in making predictions along those lines. About the only thing we can predict with any certainty is that most long-term predictions will be wrong. Neutral

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 02, 2003 10:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What? I though everyone likes making predictions about things we have NO clue about! I understand what you mean, but I make predictions to kind of keep my interest in things I normally wouldn't (the marathon isn't really the best spectator sport and there's pretty much no way of viewing them unless you want to travel to a different big city every two weeks or so).
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 02, 2003 11:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have no problem with predictions along the lines of what a specific athlete can do or what a generation can accomplish. Like I said, I was one who predicted Tergat would smash the marathon record. But predictions about what will happen in the next 100 years? That puts us in the dangerous position of making predictions like the infamous one that the 4:00 mile could not be broken based on scientific evidence.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2003 9:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent interview with Tergat in today's RW Online.

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