In case you missed it, a new marathon world record was set yesterday in the Berlin Marathon. Patrick Makau of Kenya shattered the 3-year-old mark (also set in the Berlin Marathon), by a whopping 21 seconds, to 2:03:38. The old record was held by Haile Gebrselassie of Ethiopia, who at 38 might not have any more world records in him (he dropped out at mile 17 in Berlin yesterday), but who remains a class act and a hero of mine.
Curious about how the marathon record has dropped over the years? Here’s a brief rundown, decade by decade:
Johnny Hayes (US) in 1908
Alexis Ahlgren (Sweden): 1913
Harry Payne (UK): 1929
Son Kitei (Japan): 1935
Suh Yun-bok (S Korea) 1947
Sergei Popov (Soviet Union): 1958
Derek Clayton (Australia): 1969
Shigeru So (Japan): 1978
Belayneh Dinsamo (Ethiopia): 1988
Khalid Khannouchi (Morocco): 1999
Haile Gebrselassie (Ethiopia): 2008
Patrick Makau (Kenya): 2011
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