IAAF Ratifies Patrick Makau’s World Record

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Dec. 21, 2011
Patrick Makau is now the official marathon world-record holder. Photo:

A Kenyan is now officially the new king of the marathon.

Patrick Makau is now the official marathon world-record holder. Photo:

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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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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