A Kenyan is now officially the new king of the marathon.
Even though it took several months, there’s no doubt that Kenya’s Patrick Makau is happy right now. On Tuesday, the governing body of track and field, the IAAF, ratified his Berlin Marathon time of two hours three minutes and thirty-eight seconds, making him the fastest official marathoner in the history of the world.
Fellow Kenyan Geoffrey Mutai has actually covered the distance faster at April’s Boston Marathon, but his time did not count, because the Boston course does not qualify for a world record due to it’s point-to-point nature and unallowable drop.
Makau broke the record that had been held by Ethiopia’s Haile Gebrselassie of 2:03:59–a mark that was also set in Berlin.
In the same ruling, the IAAF also ratified Makau’s 30K world record, which was set in the same race (1:27:38)–an 11-second improvement over Gebrselassie’s mark set in Berlin in 2009.
Makau’s previous marathon PR was 2:04:48.
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