What are the fastest 400m splits ran by elites in a marathon (individual splits, not total marathon average), and what are the fastest closing 400m's ran?
What's your own opinion op?
26 second final 200. You're probably not going to find many final 200/400 splits out there.
Thanks. I tried Google searching marathon 400m splits, but wasn't getting anything, so I thought I'd ask on here just to see if anyone had come across any.
After Kimetto averaged 69.93/400m, I was just curious what the fastest individual 400m of his race was, and other elite marathons.
Deek closed in 61 when he beat Lopes in Rotterdam in '83.
The 2001 WC came down to a kick on the track that looked pretty quick, at least for the last 200.
Boston in 2000 had a blanket finish as well.
The NYC, I think it was 2005? where Tergat outkicked Ramalla.
And that is an uphill 400.
You're probably not going to find many final 200/400 splits out there.
Another reason to run them on a track.
If there is not a "400M to go" split or marker (I know there is in NY because I've run past it and the 800M to go split also), usually there is a almost always a 26.00 mile split or marker/sign to use. That's 0.21875 miles to the finish, easy to tell how fast someone closed in. I would divide the closing 0.21875 mile time by .875 (385 yards/440yards to the close) and get the last 440 yards pace. Then deduct the 0.4 seconds (400M vs 440 yards) assuming the 0.218745 miles were run at a 60 second pace. There may be a slightly shorter way to figure it out, but this is a simple, sure way to tell the closing split. And if there is a 42K mark, you can basically get the last 200M extracted as well.
NO need to stay on the track just because someone cant figure out or simplify closing speed on a marathon.
I was doing this in 1982.