I was thinking some more more about the race this evening and thought, "You know I wonder if Rupp's close might have been the fastest close in marathon history over he final 5+ miles."
Since I imagine we won't be able to find a 21 mile split for historical marathons, I decided to do some research and look at Rupp's spit from 35k to the finish.
Rupp covered 35k to the finish 20:37. Now that's exactly how fast it took Eliud Kpchoge to the finish from 35k to the finish in the Breaking 2 event.
20:37 is faster than what Kimetto ran in his WR in Berlin. In Berlin in 2014, Kimetto took 21:10 to run from 35k to the finish.
I've only found one close that is faster than Rupp today. It looks like Geoffrey Mutai closed his 2:03:02 in Boston in 2011 in 20:27.
Are there any other marathons that have featured a faster clse? Can anyone think of a race with a really fast 2nd half or final 10k? I can't think of many as generally people aren't going tactical on flat curses until the final 7k.
I know 1994 Boston was like 62 low for the 2nd half. Anyone know when they started to run fast? What would Ndeti's 35k split have been?
Sources for Kipchoge and Mutai are listed below.