News and Newsmakers – Geoffrey Mutai at the Boston Marathon

When us novice runners were slogging on the Sepang International Curcuit during the Energizer Night Race on saturday, history was about to be created on the other side of the world at the world’s oldest marathon event, the Boston Marathon.

Kenya’s Geoffrey Mutai had just ran the fastest marathon recorded with a time of 2 hours 3 mins 2 secs. It’s not considered as a world record because the governing body, IAAF, considers the Boston Marathon to be too easy a course so Haile Gebrselassie‘s time of 2 hours 3 mins 59 secs set in the Berlin Marathon by Haile Gebrselassie of Ethiopia on September 28, 2008 still stands as the world record.

In the women’s category, Caroline Kilel, also from Kenya, won with a time of 2 hours 22 mins 36 secs who won by 2 secs, beating American Desiree Davila, in what must have been an exciting sprint at the end.

I wasn’t able watch the Boston Marathon on telly so I’m waiting for the next broadcast. I did however, catch a recording of the London Marathon where Emmanuel Mutai won (no relation I think) and became the 4th fastest in history with a time of 2 hours 4 mins 40 secs. He and a lot of others guys were flying. I had the check to count his cadence and found that they were running at about 200 steps per minute. Extremely far off from my struggle of 80 per minute.

If I were to run head to head with them I would just about be completing 17 km to their 42. Scary to think of how fast they are and for such great distances.


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