Quote Of The Day
“If the sub-2 hour marathon is the Mount Everest of human endurance performance in 2017, then Eliud Kipchoge has reached the ledge just beneath its summit. …. My opinion is that the single most effective tactic used on Saturday was to have Kipchoge run most of the distance close behind a Tesla vehicle onto which had been mounted a large wind shield pretending to be a clock. There was no reason for the size of this clock, or the close proximity of the car to the runners, other than to block air. … I’d have no major issue with humans pacing and sheltering another runner, but this was, in my opinion, a step too far, and worth most of the improvement we saw.”
“It means that Kipchoge didn’t so much break through the barriers of human endurance as he partly bypassed them. He did not get close to a sub-2 because he overcame the potential limits of energy cost of running that fast – rather, those potential limits were shifted slightly, moved aside compared to normal marathons, by the engineers and the Tesla, and then he took full advantage of that to get close to the summit. It is, to finish the analogy, like getting so close to the summit with the benefit of extra oxygen.”
– Sports scientist Ross Tucker evaluating Eliud Kipchoge‘s 2:00:25 marathon run, estimating that it is worth 2:02:15 to 2:02:30 and that a legit sub-2 “is still a way off.”
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