What part of "the run wonâ€™t be world record-eligible on a sanctioned course" do you not understand?
If you are running the course on a non-records eligible course, then you are receiving assistance - either by wind, elevation drop , etc.
A course has to start and finish in the same area to be record eligible.
It can't be point to point.
So if you run 26.2 miles straight ahead and it is uphill with wind in your face and run sub two it would not be eligible for a record, even though no assistance was received.[/quote]
Maybe RoJo meant to say "you potentially could benefit from wind, drop in elevation etc". I think you are being pedantic.
RoJo has stated that Nike have reported that the course for the two hour attempt will not be an IAAF certified course eligible for IAAF world records. The course can still be a full marathon measured correctly.
This absolutely means that in order to break the two hour mark Nike could absolutely take advantage of a point to point course with a favourable wind behind and a course that is slightly downhill.
I don't understand why everyone is having such a reaction to this news. Unless Nike has some magic powers to just decide that Kipchoge will run 3 minutes quicker than his 2:03 attempt at London then what did anyone expect?