September 28, 2008

Haile Gebrselassie Sets New Marathon Mark: Haile Gebrselassie clocks in at 2:03:59, breaking his own world record in the marathon in Berlin on Sunday.

I think this is a notable mark, not only because of how rarely the marathon time is improved, but because it bookends the new WR in the 100m this year too.

posted by Spitztengle to other at 01:37 PM - 5 comments

An outstanding achievement.

posted by Scottymac at 07:11 PM on September 28, 2008

But if he hadn't looked around and waved his arms about in celebration for the last mile and a half he'd have gone sub-two minutes...

posted by bobfoot at 11:38 PM on September 28, 2008

To put Gebrselassie's accomplishment in perspective: his pace works out to a bit faster than 4:45 per mile. You have to be an elite runner to run even one mile at that pace, let alone 26+.

Here's his 2007 record on YouTube, and here's the last couple of miles from the new record (both with German commentary).

posted by dusted at 12:57 PM on September 29, 2008

There is some pretty serious editing happening on this thread. Calls the integrity of this site into question.

posted by Scottymac at 12:20 PM on October 04, 2008

After I fixed Spitztengle's link, a couple of comments didn't make sense any more so they were deleted. You can see them on the deleted comments page.

posted by rcade at 02:23 PM on October 04, 2008

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