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Gebrselassie breaks world marathon record (2:04:26)
Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9/30/2007 | Vicki Hodges

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 ...


TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: athletics; gebrselassie; marathon
2:04:26, averaging a 4:44 min/mile for 26.2 miles. Congrats to Geb for his amazing feat!

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."

1 posted on 09/30/2007 10:43:58 AM PDT by manapua
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What is it with East Africans winning all the major marathons? Is it genetic superiority or do they train harder/longer/smarter? Or is it a bit of both?
2 posted on 09/30/2007 11:32:10 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (If martyrdom is so cool,why does Osama Obama go to such great lengths to avoid it?)
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I think's it like how they train greyhounds. They make them hungry and then make them think they are chasing a piece of meat.

The Ethiopians are probably imagining a juicy roast beef sandwich just in front of them during the entire marathon.

3 posted on 09/30/2007 11:49:38 AM PDT by SamAdams76 (I am 57 days away from outliving Freddie Mercury)
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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.

4 posted on 09/30/2007 11:53:53 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (If martyrdom is so cool,why does Osama Obama go to such great lengths to avoid it?)
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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.


5 posted on 09/30/2007 12:21:19 PM PDT by Turbopilot (iumop ap!sdn w,I 'aw dlaH)
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What is it with East Africans winning all the major marathons? Is it genetic superiority or do they train harder/longer/smarter? Or is it a bit of both?

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.

6 posted on 09/30/2007 12:49:41 PM PDT by manapua
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