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Re: Boston: Will Shalane's Irish eyes be smiling after?

Postby aaronk » Mon Apr 15, 2013 12:16 pm

TN1965 wrote:
aaronk wrote:
lionelp1 wrote:Note that Joan Benoit Samuellson finished in 2 hours 50 mins today, just before her 56th birthday, so they tell me. Bloody impressive!!!!


Her time of 2:50:29 breaks the age 55 record for women.
Old record was 2:52:14.


Boston's course is not record eligible. So this record will remain unofficial, the same way Lyudmila Petrova's 2:25:43 from 2008 NYC is not offocially recognized as the Master's WR.

BTW, Christine Kennedy ran 2:55:18 to become the oldest woman (58) to break 3 hours. (Unofficially, of course.)


I got the info from ARRS.net.
They have EVERY age listed....from about 10 to the 90's!!
And for the 5K and 10K too....on the track....plus road distances.
Excellent site.
(Just discovered it today....searching out Joanie's possible age record.)
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Re: the Boston Marathon race thread

Postby gh » Mon Apr 15, 2013 12:53 pm

given the circumstances, I took the liberty of changing the thread title.
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Re: the Boston Marathon race thread

Postby dl » Mon Apr 15, 2013 3:00 pm

I'm Hartmann's agent, so perhaps I can add to the conversation a bit.

I only have results back through 1979 (so help me out if you know otherwise), but I think that the only other Americans to place in the top 4 more than once in the past 35 years or so are:

Bill Rodgers - 4 wins plus several other top finishes
John Lodwick - 4th in '81, 3rd in '82
Ron Tabb - 3rd in '80, 2nd in '83
Ryan Hall - 3rd in '09, 4th in '10, 4th in '10.

So what if his time was 2:12? He was 4th in a good race beating some quality athletes. If he'd run 2:08 and placed 10th, would you downplay his performance because he was beaten by so many competitors?

Making big decisions following a race is usually not a good idea, but Jason told me that after today's run that he's not retiring. He's no spring chicken, but I, for one, hope he keeps going through 2016!

I hesitated posting under the circumstances, but I need to do something to take my mind off things...
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Re: the Boston Marathon race thread

Postby 26mi235 » Mon Apr 15, 2013 4:19 pm

Not official, but better than an official mark of the time from London, etc. Goucher surprised some, finishing only 50+ seconds behind Flanagan and getting 6th. I had guessed 2-6 for Flanagan and 5-10 for Goucher.
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Re: the Boston Marathon race thread

Postby lovetorun » Mon Apr 15, 2013 6:15 pm

26mi235 wrote:Not official, but better than an official mark of the time from London, etc. Goucher surprised some, finishing only 50+ seconds behind Flanagan and getting 6th. I had guessed 2-6 for Flanagan and 5-10 for Goucher.


Same as I guessed...and also surprized that Goucher was so close to Flanagan...2:27:08 to 2:28:11. She was over 3 minutes behind in their recent half marathon...so, I would say, for her level of condition, had a better race than Flanagan.
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Re: the Boston Marathon race thread

Postby doug5321 » Tue Apr 16, 2013 9:00 am

joan benoit samuelson age 55 world record 2:50.29
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Re: the Boston Marathon race thread

Postby kuha » Wed Apr 17, 2013 2:00 pm

NPR just had a very nice interview with Amby Burfoot about the race & aftermath.
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Re: the Boston Marathon race thread

Postby TN1965 » Wed Apr 17, 2013 2:51 pm

Burfoot was also interviewed on Rachel Maddow show last night.

(And Maddow had a rather nice introduction to the segment. )
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Re: the Boston Marathon race thread

Postby kuha » Wed Apr 17, 2013 3:32 pm

TN1965 wrote:Burfoot was also interviewed on Rachel Maddow show last night.

(And Maddow had a rather nice introduction to the segment. )


Thanks for the info. I just found this piece and listened to it--it was very good.

Burfoot may not be "cool" and he never won any Olympic medals, but he's always been a great favorite of mine. He was the very first top runner whose name I actually knew, and who I saw in training (on the roads near my childhood home). And he's held up as a really thoughtful, articulate guy.
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