Skip to comments.Gebrselassie breaks world marathon record (2:04:26)
Posted on 09/30/2007 10:43:51 AM PDT by manapua
Double Olympic champion Haile Gebrselassie has broken the world marathon record at the 34th Berlin Marathon.
The 34-year-old Ethiopian athlete clocked two hours four minutes and 26 seconds to smash Kenya's Paul Tergat previous mark of 2hrs 4.55secs which was set at the same course four years ago...
(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...
Anybody who follows athletics and endurance sports knows he's a class act. Very happy for him.
"This isn't the end, I want to come here in 2009 and run the World Championships and there is Beijing next year, so it's not over yet, no way."
The Ethiopians are probably imagining a juicy roast beef sandwich just in front of them during the entire marathon.
C'mon...that was a serious question.
That’s an average speed of 12.65mph. I can’t even imagine being able to run that fast for even a few seconds. It blows my mind that a human being can sustain that speed for over two hours.
A bit of both and a whole lot more. With the Kenyans, it's specifically one tribe that really dominates distance running: the Kelenjin. They're light ectomorphs, the tribe historically living at very high altitudes so they have a genetic predisposition for excellent cardiac systems / oxygen uptake. The Ehtiopians and Moroccans (excellent marathoners) are similarly built.
It's not just body type though. The Japanese are stellar distance runners and have entirely different body types than the east Africans and Moroccans. There's a whole lot ay play: discipline, upbringing, good genetics, national pride, diet, and economics. Smart training, too. The Africans and Japanese distance programs have really thrived over the past several decades and consequently they have a lot of depth.As for the US program's anemia for the past decade, I'll post on that later.
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