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The marathon man

The top 10 male marathon runners in the world ever are either Kenyan or Ethiopian. Among the women the top nine are from these two nations

Aakar Patel 

Aakar Patel

The Kenyan runner Eliud Kipchoge has become the first person to run the marathon in under two hours. He did this a few days ago at an event in Austria, which other runners thought was the greatest exploit in their sport. Commentators, who were former distance runners themselves, said this feat was akin to the man landing on the moon.

I thought at first that this was stretching it, but perhaps it isn’t. Kipchoge ran the event by himself in full, but there were pacers helping him along. This was a phalanx of half a dozen men who were positioned just in front of him to maximise the ...

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First Published: Sat, October 19 2019. 01:07 IST
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