Monday, August 25, 2008

Crazy Fast

American Olympian Ryan Hall ran a 2:12 marathon in Beijing, an extremely fast marathon by any human standard, and it got him only a 10th place finish. Something of the race's amazing pace is captured in this factoid:

The lead pack passed five kilometers in 14:34, fast enough to win last week's women's 5,000 meters on the track by more than a minute. Yet these guys still had 23 miles to go.
A minute ahead of the Olympic champion in the women's 5K with another 37K and change to go? Even more unbelieveable is that they stayed within 10 seconds per mile of that same pace all the way to the finish, with Kenyan Samuel Kamau Wanjiru breaking the Olympic record and winning the gold in 2:06.

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