The real Marathon distance is 24,8 miles. Dean Karnazes and others have written about this. The first olympic marathons was run over that distance. In 1908 there was distance added so that some spolied brittish royalty could watch the start from some balcony. Thanks a lot from millions of marathon runners since! :-(
Anyway - had the marathon still been 24,8 we'd already seen sub 2 hours. My question is when/who would have broken it? Could Tergat have gone sub 2 when he ran 2:04:55? Or would it have happened already before that?