Quote Of The Day
“I will tell you this. If you take Eliud Kipchoge, or Kenenisa Bekele, and they become only a little bit stronger than they are right now, and you take them to run a marathon that is 50 meters below sea level, and for a pacesetter you have a car or motorbike, or something like this, that is normally allowed in current competitions, and you also allow them refreshment, not every five kilometers like the rules state but whenever they need it, I think that such a time is already possible.”
BUT, this situation is not athletics. I guess it depends on what is the final goal for the project. If the final goal is only running under 2:00, I suppose it’s possible in two to three years. But if the goal is to run under 2:00 in a normal marathon, then no, it’s not possible.”
-famed coach Renato Canova telling LetsRun.com earlier this month that a sub-2 hour marathon isn’t currently possible unless the rules of the sport are broken. The quote is amazingly relevant as yesterday to much fanfare Nike announced that Eliud Kipchoge won’t be defending his London Marathon title against Kenenisa Bekele in one of the most anticipated marathon matchups in history, but instead will be attempting to break 2 hours on a non-records eligible course.
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