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rfmaioral
RE: How strong is the half marathon WR? Could Kenny B beat it?

oh please wrote:

[quote]rfmaioral wrote:

i think that this is a very strong WR.

Tadese doesn't have enough speed but he is very very strong (despite his bad marathons) guy. Don't forget that he is a 26:37 10000m guy while holding "only" a 12:59 5000m PR. That's amazing endurance and he was able to replicate that for the Half Marathon.

He's also mastered the HM distance for many years before setting his first WR and then he made it better.

we all agree Wanjiru had enough talent to be a Marathon WR contender, at least a 2h03 Marathoner, and yet a prime Wanjiru produced a 58:33 so 10s slower.

I will say that Tadese was the athlete than - when at his prime - could hold the sub2h pace for longer (maybe past 30km). He is known as the most economical athlete ever.

Bekele could challenge that WR that's for sure, but I doubt he would run under 58.


Except that Bekele was a 26:17 performer, and beat ZT in XC every year but the hot one, and has never run as slow as ZTs best in the marathon. I'd say that as strong as ZT is (or was), KB is obviously faster.

The big issue here is that ZT did it while still in prime or nearly prime 10000 shape. KB is well past his 10000 best and relies on his huge strength. I'm sure he could go sub 59 if he really wanted, but sub 58:20? Doubt it.[/quote]

faster but not that faster. Bekele was 22s faster than Tadese @ 5000m and then 20s faster at @10 000. In % terms it says more than "only 2s", he is roughly 2.8% faster at 5000m and only 1.25% faster at 10 000m. Though Bekele has a better engine than Tadese, he is not as "endurance" oriented as Tadese, and my guess is that the difference in HM (even considering a Bekele in his prime) would be even lower than @ 10 000. With that said, I honestly don't think even a prime Bekele could run under 58:00. In fact I don't believe there was any runner at any point in history that was able to produce a sub 58 HM. One would need an athlete with the strenght of Tadese and a 26:20 10k, a time that Tadese itself was never able to produce.

an interesting point for sure is why Tadese was never able to run a decent Marathon; by logic when @ 58:23 shape he should be able to produce a 2h02. I don't know why, maybe Nike sub2h project will bring answers.

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