Natty Dread wrote:
100 miles (rd): 11:46:37 - Yiannis Kouros (Greece)
However, until you, or anyone else, is prepared to run 100-miles in less than 11:46 ... Mr. Kourus' best shall stand.
That's not even close to one of his best performances, though. I watched Zach Bitter beat that on a track last year. I have no doubt that it can be beaten on the road. Necessarily by an African? Agreed, there is no reason to think so. The advantages the Africans seem to have at marathon don't really translate to this kind of race. The energy requirements are very different (less power for a much longer time, much more fat-metabolism based), and overall the ability to withstand muscle damage is paramount. Also the mental aspect is much more prominent. Really it's a whole different skill set, physically and mentally.
But as I was saying... Kouros' 303 km in 24 hours is head and shoulders above his 100M. He has said, and it may well be true, that that's a mark that will stand for centuries. Nobody else is even close. And there are those who think his 48-hour record is even more untouchable.
Kouros is of course a very interesting reference point for RY's run, as it was his first Spartathlon that everyone said was so unbelievable that he must have hopped in a car during the night when no one was watching. Very quickly he proved all the doubters wrong. I am afraid we will not see the same with RY.