I must say I'm totally shocked. 59:43 for the half marathon by an American in January. Running all alone. I don't think you all realize how good a performance that is. Forget the fact it was in January or solo or on a certified course for that matter. LetsRun.com JK says it ranks out timewise as the "second best American performance EVER at any distance."
JK said it ranks slightly ahead of Bob Kennedy's American Record at 5k (12:58.21) coming out to a 12:56.25 on his personal conversion charts. This would rank it only behind Khalid Khannouchi's 2:05:38 in the marathon. (Hall's time comes out to 2:06:51 for the marathon but taking it out to the marathon is of cousre guess work)
Originally I titled the thread "Ryan Hall's Performance The Best American Performance Since...." but now I'm removing the since. So let' discuss where this ranks alltime in terms of American performances. As of now it is a one off performance, so I'm putting Kennedy's 12:58 ahead of him because Kennedy was better relative on the world stage at 5k than Hall is at the half. But I just wanted to start this thread because in the live race results thread we have people posting stuff like this: "Ryan Hall ran an amazing race today, but I remember him starting off his season really strong last year on the roads and the XC course and then under performing on the track last year."
Ryan Hall could not run another step this year and it would be a great year. That's how good this run is and I don't think a lot of your realize it. Its the 9th best time ever on a non aided course (using a 50% separation from start to finish:
58:55 a ( 1) Haile Gebreselasie (ETH) 18 Apr 1973 15 Jan 2006 Tempe AZ USA
59:07 ( 1) Paul Kosgei (KEN) 22 Apr 1978 02 Apr 2006 Berlin GER
59:15.4 ( 1) Zerisenay Tadesse- 2 08 Feb 1982 10 Sep 2006 Rotterdam NED
59:15.8 ( 1) Samuel Wanjiru (KEN) 10 Nov 1986 11 Sep 2005 Rotterdam NED
59:17 ( 1) Paul Tergat- 2 17 Jun 1969 04 Apr 1998 Milan ITA
59:22 ( 1) Paul Tergat- 3 17 Jun 1969 17 Apr 1999 Milan ITA
59:27.1 ( 2) Robert Kipchumba (KEN) 24 Feb 1984 10 Sep 2006 Rotterdam NED
59:29 ( 2) Evans Cheruiyot (KEN) 1980 02 Apr 2006 Berlin GER
Now granted the half marathon is just now becoming a more popular distnace and there are some fast non-certified courses (Lisbon) but regardless Hall'f performance charts out very well. So i'm just opening it up for discussion.
Here's a list that included aided runs: