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RE: If That Wasn't The Greatest Marathon Ever Run, What Was
I would go with 2009 in Rotterdam. Until that point only Haile had been under the WR of Tergat. At Rotterdam Kwambai and and Kibet both went 2:04:27 and Kirui was 2:05:05, ten seconds off Tergats old record. Makau came in 4th running 2:06:04.
Rotterdam race in my mind really started this most recent revolution in the marathon. Everyone came off the high of Wanjiru in Beijing. His race was unbelievable. Gharib was awesome and showed a ton of fight. Merga falls apart only to be passed by Kebede on the track. But Haile still had the record and in the first big marathon after Beijing two unknowns stop the clock 1 second behind Haile and a 3rd is only 10 seconds off the previous world best.
Since Rotterdam we have seen not only a huge drop in times by the winners but by the whole group of elites. Every race is stacked and they just go for it. Its awesome
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