29 Sep '14, 2pm

How historic was Dennis Kimetto's marathon world record?

Kimetto's moment doesn't join that super-league of marathon history. After next year's Berlin, it may have faded as much as Patrick (who?) Makau's 2011 Berlin world record has passed from memory. Its greatest significance may be the probably misleading one that it has made 2:00 seem to be a lot closer. Such a busy buzz of anticipation can only be good for the sport of running, but without being grouchy, it needs to be said at this Kimetto moment that his 4:41.5 pace for 26.2 miles is really not so very close to 4:35 pace, not for those who know what such a pace feels like, not at marathon distance. Road runners at any level know how hard it is to run 6 seconds per mile faster. Track runners know how big a step 1.5 seconds a lap is even for twelve laps, or 25. Try it for 105 laps, cutting from an already peak pace.

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