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Makau set to steal 30K record?

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Makau set to steal 30K record?

Postby LiamRiley » Wed Dec 21, 2011 10:21 pm

In the quiet of the winter athletics season, I noticed that Patrick Makau's marathon world record has been ratified.

All fine, except for one thing... his en-route time of 1:27:38 hours has been ratified as the world record for the 30K distance. Surely this should rightly belong to Peter Cheruiyot Kirui, a promising runner in his early twenties who paced Makau in the Berlin Marathon and reached that point one second quicker in 1:27:37? It appears that Cheruiyot Kirui did not finish in Berlin - does this make his time ineligible? And if so, why would the IAAF list this as their top performance for the distance?

A bemusing state of statistical affairs, given that neither athlete was truly competing in a 30K race per se.
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