26 Dec '14, 4pm

What's the women's equivalent of a sub-2:00 marathon?

With all the recent talk about a sub-2:00 marathon for men , it was inevitable that someone would ask: What’s the equivalent for women? That question has now been answered, at least in part, in the Journal of Applied Physiology. You couldn’t find a more qualified group of researchers to tackle the question. Sandra Hunter has long been investigating gender differences in performance, Michael Joyner wrote the first sub-2:00 paper way back in 1991, and Andrew Jones performed a famous longitudinal study of Paula Radcliffe ’s running economy over many years. All of which leads them to conclude that Radcliffe has already been there, done that. Her world record of 2:15:25, set in 2003, “is at least equivalent to a sub-2:00 marathon for men,” the authors write. Indeed, the Mercier Calculator , referenced in their paper, gives Radcliffe a time equivalent to 1:59:55 for a man. The r...

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