25 Sep '15, 8pm

Will the marathon world record fall on Sunday?

Our best guess: Probably not, but it’s possible. RELATED: The World's Fastest Marathons and Marathoners As we noted last year after Kimetto’s record, Berlin has the production of world records down to a formula : a fast, flat course; almost predictably perfect weather; the careful cultivation of a small but crème-de-la-crème group of contenders; payments based on time incentives more than place; and those world-class pacers. (When Haile Gebrselassie ran the then-world record of 2:03:59 at Berlin in 2008, he was paced for the first 20 miles by Abel Kirui, who won the world marathon title in 2009 and 2011.) All of the infrastructural elements on that list will be in place Sunday, including the weather—the forecast for the start at 9 a.m. calls for negligible wind, partly cloudy skies, and a temperature of 50. The missing element appears to be total dedication on the part of ...

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