2-Hour Marathon Redux


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Re: 2-Hour Marathon Redux

Postby TN1965 » Mon Oct 07, 2013 9:39 am

I am expecting the first sub-2 before 2050. And I am hoping I will still be around... :)
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Re: 2-Hour Marathon Redux

Postby Marlow » Thu Feb 20, 2014 8:39 am

OK, all you nay-sayers, contradict Geb (oh, wait, what's that? You do NOT know as much about the marathon as he does? Then STFU!) :twisted:

excerpt from front-page article:

Gebrselassie says it is possible, though, citing the progress of the record over the years as proof that it can be done.
“Look at the progress of the record,” said the man who broke it in Berlin twice – once in 2007 and again the year later. “It will come. It is very easy now to run 60:00 or 59:00 flat for a half marathon.”
He said the development of contributing factors such as training, nutrition, shoes, pacemakers and the design of the courses mean the world record will again be broken, and eventually the two-hour barrier also.
“It’s possible. That will happen, one day,” he said. “It’s not only the performance of the athlete, it’s the technology, there’s no question about that.”
He added: “According to my calculation, very soon in 20 years or 18 years, an athlete will run in under two hours.”
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Re: 2-Hour Marathon Redux

Postby 26mi235 » Thu Feb 20, 2014 10:40 am

One problem is that a key source of gain has been one that is probably tapped out -- the course. Hard for them to get much flatter or with more pacers (there might be some push back if a dozen are used).
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Re: 2-Hour Marathon Redux

Postby Marlow » Thu Feb 20, 2014 11:27 am

26mi235 wrote:One problem is that a key source of gain has been one that is probably tapped out -- the course.

That has been a constant for some time now, so it has already been factored into Geb's algorithm!
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