World-Record Ambitions: Exclusive Interview With Moses Mosop

Moses Mosop followed up his spectacular second-place finish at the Boston Marathon in April less than two months later. Photo:

Moses Mosop had the fastest debut marathon in history this past April with his 2:03:06 finish at the Boston Marathon. Photo:

The 2:03:06 debut marathoner runs his second 26.2-miler in Chicago on Sunday.

Interview by: Sabrina Yohannes

Moses Mosop of Kenya was a medalist at the 2005 track and 2007 cross country world championships, but the next few years were not as fruitful. So some months after winning Milan’s Stramilano half marathon in 59:20 in March 2010, he decided to make his marathon debut at Boston in April 2011. That proved to be wildly successful when he placed second after pushing his Kenyan compatriot Geoffrey Mutai almost to the finish line, and the pair ran to unprecedented 2:03:02 and 2:03:06 finishes in optimal race conditions.

Mutai’s time was not recognized as a world record due to the course having an excessive net drop in elevation and being unidirectional, which allowed the continued benefit of a tailwind. But Mosop felt he could break the then-world record of 2:03:59 on a different course, and he set his sights on the Chicago Marathon, which takes place this Sunday, October 9. The men’s field includes American Ryan Hall, who ran 2:04:58 in Boston, and three others who have run under 2:07.

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Mosop broke the long-standing track world records for 25,000m and 30,000m on the track at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene on June 3, running 1:12:25.4 and 1:26:47.4 respectively, before taking third in the BAA 10K on June 26.

After his competitions in April and June, and again a few days before heading to Chicago, Mosop talked to about his races and his world record designs, including his thoughts on Patrick Makau’s new world record of 2:03:38.

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