wrote: casual obsever
2:14 is a relatively weak record though:
1) In 2003, the men were not even 11 minutes faster than the women. Now the difference is about 13 minutes.
2) The men's WR is 2x the half + 6 minutes, the women's record 2x half + 8 minutes.
Plus, that first 2:14 was also poorly paced, with the first 5 km in 15:28. And it's three years old, presumably the shoes have improved since then. It won't last another three years.
Let's get more detailed with the math.
Men's 10000m world record, 26:11 or 1571 seconds. Women's 10000m world record, 29:01.03 or 1741.03 seconds. Percentage difference,
Men's 1/2 Marathon w.r., 57:31 or 3451 seconds. Women 1/2 Marathon w.r., 62:52 or 3772 seconds. Percentage difference,
Men's Marathon w.r., 2:01:09 or 7269 seconds. Women Marathon w.r., 2:14:04 or 8044 seconds. Percentage difference,
Biologists, chemists, biochemists and medical doctors who specialize in Marathon athletes would have to weigh in, but based on women 1/2 Marathon results, sub-2:13 Marathon looks possible for women.