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Since there is no "standard" course for a marathon I don't get what you beef is.
Stop with the semantics. There is no standard marathon course but there is a well-defined standard of what is 'records-eligible' and what is not.
"The start and finish points on the course, measured along a straight line between them, shall not be further apart than 50% of the race distance."
"The decrease in elevation between start and finish shall not exceed an average of 1m per km."
By your logic, since Justin Gatlin once ran 9.45 for 100m, he should be the WR holder for 100?