We're working on our men's recap. It should be up shortly but here is what Jon Gault has tentaively written about the 25th mile. Can you recall a faster split anywhere else?
Quick Take: 4:21 is the fastest mile split we can remember seeing in a marathon
London has seen some great marathoners run some crazy splits through the years, but we can’t remember anything like Kipruto’s 4:21 25th mile (unless you count Yehualaw’s 4:43 for mile 24 in the women’s race today). Back in 2018, the men’s leaders went mad and ran 4:22 for the first mile. But you can at least understand how that happens – everyone is fit and excited, someone gets carried away, and the rest of the field follows. To do it late in the race with the title on the line is a different thing entirely. Many marathoners – including Kipruto – rarely touch 4:21 pace in training.
So how does one run 4:21 that late in the marathon? Well if Kipruto is in 2:02 shape right now and was on 2:05:15 pace at 35k, he likely had a lot left in the tank (though his coach Berardelli was still worried at that point – “to be honest I was a little bit concerned when I realized that the race was getting slower. Amos is very good with a constant pace.”) And a common refrain about the super shoes is that their added cushioning save your legs compared to traditional flats, allowing top athletes to close harder than before. His coach said there is no simple answer.
“It’s a combination of many things,” Berardelli said.
Kipruto trains in one of the strongest groups in Kenya. His training partners include the last two Boston champs, Benson Kipruto and Evans Chebet. Both are running fall marathons (Chicago for Kipruto, NYC for Chebet) and have been keeping up with Amos Kipruto in training.
“I’m expecting good things,” Berardelli said.