World Record Holder Andres Espinosa of Mexico to Be Guest of Hamburg Marathon
April 22, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
HAMBURG- Mexico’s Andres Espinosa will be the guest of the Haspa Hamburg Marathon organizers on May 4. Espinosa is the marathon world record holder for Masters (40+) with his time of 2:08:46 set at the 2003 Berlin Marathon.
Espinosa’s time shocked the marathon world as he broke the existing world record of 2:10:32 by almost two minutes. In that race, he placed 4th overall behind Kenyan Paul Tergat’s win. No one has run with two minutes of the record since.
However, Espinosa’s record could be in jeopardy. The Ethiopian distance great, Haile Grebrsalassie will be making his first marathon attempt since turning 40 and he has expressed his desire to take the Masters title from Espinosa.
Gebrsalassie’s last marathon was a fourth place finish in 2:08:17 at the 2012 Tokyo Marathon.
Although Gebrsalassie is the biggest threat to Espinosa’s mark, it will not be an easy feat. Based on the IAAF scoring tables, Espinosa’s overlooked record is the most superior masters running record in the books. Espinosa’s 2:08:46 mark is scored at 1184 points. Below are the same scores and actual Masters world records at other distances.
**WR is world record.
Distance 1184 Score Actual Masters WR
100m 10.06 10.29
200m 20.23 20.64
400m 44.94 47.81
800m 1:44.67 1:48.22
1500m 3:34.35 3:42.02
Mile 3:51.33 3:58.15
Steeple 8:16.23 8:38.40
5000m 13:07.15 13:43.15
10,000m 27:26.82 28:30.88
Half Marathon 1:00:12 1:01:09
Marathon 2:08:46 2:08:46
In contrast and support to the quality of Espinosa’s mark, Monday’s Boston Marathon was won in 2:08:37 is only 9 seconds faster
Andres represented Mexico in the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games in Athens at age 41. He is still the national record holder of Mexico (2:07:19) when he finished second in the 1994 Boston marathon. At the time, his mark was the sixth fastest ever run, just 29 seconds off the then-world record. He won the 1993 NYC Marathon after two years of previous runner up finishes.
Currently, Espinosa is the only non-African to hold a distance world record.
Andres retired after the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. He lives in Mexico with his wife and is the father of three children. He owns a trucking company and remains a popular figure in the Spanish-speaking sports world.