Gone are the days when the standard for men was 2:18. Anyway considering Paris 2024 will for the first time allow public mass participation, i wonder why World Athletics is so strict in not allowing more Elite runners to enter the Olympic Marathon. Aside from Japan , US and East african nations, other countries around the world don't have a rich distance running culture where Full Marathons are held like every other month. For them the Marathon is a difficult sport. In India with over billion people, the best this year is 2:14 or something, only one significant international Marathon (fast course) that takes palce once a year in Mumbai.