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malmo
RE: Official John Kellogg Is a Genius Thread (He Predicted The 2:03 on Boston)

wejo wrote:

Fabulous races in Boston. 2:03:01 is an amazing time. Let's stop and praise JK for his quote of the day yesterday where he basically predicted a world's best in these conditions.

"A near-20 mph tailwind might chop three or four minutes off someone's finishing time. A sub-2:03:59 clocking wouldn't actually shock me. I'll tell you this - if Boston had rabbits and the field that is assembled for the 2011 London marathon was running with a time bonus on the line, I'd actually be a little surprised if someone didn't run the fastest marathon time ever recorded."
https://www.letsrun.com/2011/bostonweather-0416.php



That JK is a genius alright. Before JK, no one has ever thought that a strong tailwind would help in a marathon. NO ONE.

18 miles per hour is 8.0 meters per second -- or 4 times what is allowable in a sprint race. FYI the winds were officially 19.6 mph throughout the race (gusts 27-31mph) from the West/WSW -- directly at their backs.

1983 16mps start 10-13 mph the rest of the way SSW directly at their backs. Greg Meyer ran 2:09.00. His second fastest marathon is 2:10:59.

1994 18-20mph gusts 26-33 mph WNW winds (quartering) Kempainen ran 2:08:47. His second fastest marathon is 2:12:45.

Todays conditions were truly a 'perfect storm'.

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