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    World Record(s) set at London Marathon
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    Both Eliud Kipchoge and Stanley Biwott passed 30km at London Marathon in 1:27:13. This is fastest time in history and pending world record.

    Some other all-time fastest splits were set. Current bests (for runner who finished race):

    5km = 14:08, Sam Wanjiru, London '09
    10km = 28:30, Sam Wanjiru, London '09
    15km = 43:12, Sam Wanjiru, London '09
    20km = 58:10, Haile Gebrselassie, Dubai '08 & Eliud Kipchoge, London '16
    Half = 1:01:24, Kipchoge, Biwott, Bekele, Regassa, London '16
    25km = 1:12:39, Kipchoge, London '16
    30km = 1:27:13, Kipchoge & Biwott, London '16
    35km = 1:41:47, Dennis Kimetto, Berlin '14
    40km = 1:56:29, Dennis Kimetto, Berlin '14

    Kipchoge was 14:54 from 30-35km; Kimetto 14:09 (!). That's where Kipchoge lost WR, despite faster closing 7.2.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fielding Melish View Post
    Both Eliud Kipchoge and Stanley Biwott passed 30km at London Marathon in 1:27:13. This is fastest time in history and pending world record.
    Does the course from start to the 30km point meet the separation and elevation requirements?
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    Speaking of World Records at the London Marathon, there's a press release linked in the front page headline section that claims that 31 Guinness WRs were set at today's race. Most of them are silly, and some of them are really hilarious. (e.g., fastest marathon by a runner dressed as a crustacean, fastest by a runner dressed as a plant, etc.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by tandfman View Post
    Does the course from start to the 30km point meet the separation and elevation requirements?
    30K is record-legal, although any of the checkpoints before that have too much decline to be considered.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tandfman View Post
    Speaking of World Records at the London Marathon, there's a press release linked in the front page headline section that claims that 31 Guinness WRs were set at today's race. Most of them are silly, and some of them are really hilarious. (e.g., fastest marathon by a runner dressed as a crustacean, fastest by a runner dressed as a plant, etc.)
    A Kenyan argues that these silly record categories shouldn't exist.

    https://www.kenyanathlete.com/2019/0...on-of-new.html

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    As a fan of running, it is my wish that all unnecessary categories in running are scrapped and focus be given to the fast runners if becoming the best in anything we do is a virtue to be instilled in the society rather than finding ways to capture attention.
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    Nurse denied WR for "fastest marathon dressed as a nurse" because she wasn't wearing the appropriate nursing attire:

    https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/05/uk/lo...ntl/index.html

    I can smell another CAS case brewing.....
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    Guinness is just making up silly "records". When I was a kid, I thought their Book of World Records was cool. Now it's just silly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tandfman View Post
    A Kenyan argues that these silly record categories shouldn't exist.

    https://www.kenyanathlete.com/2019/0...on-of-new.html

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    Shortly after Henry Rono won his first NCAA title it came up that there were other naitional collegiate champions as well, and his famous reaction was along the lines of, "I don't understand America; does everybody get to be champion?"
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrJay View Post
    Guinness is just making up silly "records". When I was a kid, I thought their Book of World Records was cool. Now it's just silly.
    I never grew up. I loved it then; I love it now. 'Silly' WRs are what makes this world interesting: things people do for fun!
    I take silly things far more seriously than I do unsilly things!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrJay View Post
    Nurse denied WR for "fastest marathon dressed as a nurse" because she wasn't wearing the appropriate nursing attire:

    https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/05/uk/lo...ntl/index.html

    I can smell another CAS case brewing.....
    I get that it was a legimitate nurse's uniform, but it changed the nature of the event. Surely it was easier to run in those clothes compared to what the previous record holders were wearing. Maybe they should rename it to 'fastest marathon run in traditional nurse uniform' or create two sub-categories.
    Było smaszno, a jaszmije smukwijne...
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