For what it's worth, Tim Hutchings tweeted TWICE yesterday, both times emphatically stating he thinks it's ridiculous for Farah to make his 2 hour statement!! Hutchings said (paraphrased) that until he can run a HALF marathon in one hour, it's stupid to think he could run TWO of them back to back!!
I agree 100%!! When someone starts running the half in 57:30 (or faster!!), THEN I'll start believing the 2 hour marathon is possible!!
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!)
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.”
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).