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Marathon

tigerman

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Eliud Kipchoge has become the first person to run the marathon in under 2 hours. Using pacemakers he ran it in a time of 1:59:40 :clap2
 
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Bernie

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Eliud Kipchoge has become the first person to run the marathon in under 2 hours. Using pacemakers he ran it in a time of 1:59:40 :clap2
That wasn’t a true marathon.

40 pacemakers to assist him.

Running in a vee format to protect him from the wind.

Plus it was held on a flat loop track with extensive straights.

Great time but a conjured event.

He got the outcome/result they’d sought or as I say conjured.

But he was good enough to win when all the rest were out there to ensure he won.

Was that the AFL Marathon? I will go and ask Deek or Steve.
 

tigerman

Nank should grow a mullet.
Mar 17, 2003
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That wasn’t a true marathon.

40 pacemakers to assist him.

Running in a vee format to protect him from the wind.

Plus it was held on a flat loop track with extensive straights.

Great time but a conjured event.

He got the outcome/result they’d sought or as I say conjured.

But he was good enough to win when all the rest were out there to ensure he won.

Was that the AFL Marathon? I will go and ask Deek or Steve.
Yes that's correct Bernie.
They used pacemakers when Bannister broke the 4 minute mile too. Bannister sat one back on the fence yelling out to the leader, go faster. Then after two laps the leader pulled out of the race. The guy running third went to the lead with Bannister in his slipstream, with a couple of hundred of yards to go Bannister went around him and went onto win, what was a contrived race. I guess it's it's not much different to using pacemakers in horse racing.
 
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Bernie

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Yes that's correct Bernie.
They used pacemakers when Bannister broke the 4 minute too. Bannister sat one back on the fence yelling out to the leader, go faster. Then after two laps the leader pulled out of the race. The guy running third went to the lead with Bannister in his slipstream, with a couple of hundred of yards to go Bannister went around him and went onto win, what was a contrived race. I guess it's it's not much different to using pacemakers in horse racing.
Too true!
 

lukeanddad

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Nov 17, 2008
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Amazing performance. He could have had the decency to look tired after 42 sub-3min kms!

No doubt, we will se this sort of time in race conditions soon.
 

Spirit of Jack

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Apr 19, 2004
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It was incredible feat and great to watch. Feels like it would be hard to see it being repeated in race conditions, however...4mins has been carved off the world record in less than 17 years - so a couple more minutes will likely happen in the foreseeable future.