MUNYUTU & KOMU SET UNIQUE RECORD AT PARIS MARATHON
By David Monti. Used with permission by LetsRun.com.
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It was a good day for Kenyans Simon Munyutu and Martha Komu at last Sunday's Paris International Marathon. Both athletes set personal best times (2:09:24 for Munyutu and 2:25:33 for Komu), and Komu got her first big marathon win.
But the couple also achieved a unique record, according to veteran marathon statistician Marty Post. Their combined time of 4:34:57 was the fastest ever set by a married couple running in the same marathon.
"Best known previous was 4:41:42 by Odilon Cuahutle (2:18:43) and Madai Perez (2:22:59) at Chicago '06," Post wrote in an e-mail message to Race Results Weekly.
Post pointed out that Ukranians Oleksandr Kuzin (2:07:33) and Tetyana Hladyr (2:25:44) have the fastest combined personal best times (4:33:17), but they achieved those in different races on different dates.
My question: What's the fastest time by a US couple?