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<nowiki>{{#security:edit|DTroddyn}} The '''marathon''' is a long-distance [[running]] event of 42.195 kilometres (26 miles 385 yards) that can be run either as a road race or off-road (for example, on mountain trails). == History == The name ''marathon'' comes from the legend of [[Pheidippides]], a [[Greece|Greek]] soldier, who was sent from the town of [[Marathon, Greece|Marathon]] to [[Athens]] to announce that the [[Persians]] had been defeated in the [[Battle of Marathon]].<ref name=galloway></ref> It is said that he ran the entire distance without stopping and burst into the senate with the words "Masters! Victory is ours!" before collapsing and dying due to exhaustion.<ref></ref> The account of the run from Marathon to Athens first appears in [[Plutarch]]'s ''On the Glory of Athens'' in the 1st century AD who quotes from [[Heraclides Ponticus]]'s lost work, giving the runner's name as either Thersipus of Erchius or Eucles.<ref>Moralia 347C</ref> [[Lucian of Samosata]] (2nd century AD) also gives the story but names the runner Philippides (not Pheidippides).<ref>A slip of the tongue in Salutation, Chapter 3</ref> The Greek historian [[Herodotus]], the main source for the [[Greco-Persian Wars]], mentions Pheidippides as the messenger who ran from [[Athens]] to [[Sparta]] asking for help.<ref></ref> In some Herodotus manuscripts the name of the runner between Athens and Sparta is given as Philippides. Herodotus makes no mention of a messenger sent from Marathon to Athens, and relates that the main part of the Athenian army, having already fought and won the gruelling battle, and fearing a naval raid by the Persian fleet against an undefended Athens, marched quickly back from the battle to Athens, arriving the same day. There are two roads out of the battlefield of Marathon towards Athens, one more mountainous towards the north whose distance is about 34.5 km (21.4 miles), and another flatter but longer towards the south with a distance of 40.8 km (25.4 miles). It has been argued that the ancient runner took the more difficult northern road because at the time of the battle there were still Persian soldiers in the south of the plain. In 1876, [[Robert Browning]] wrote the poem "Pheidippides". Browning's poem, his composite story, became part of late 19th century popular culture and was accepted as an historic legend. ===Modern Olympics marathon=== [[Image:1896 Olympic marathon.jpg|thumb|left|1896 Olympic marathon]] When the idea of a modern [[Olympic Games|Olympics]] became a reality at the end of the 19th century, the initiators and organizers were looking for a great popularizing event, recalling the ancient glory of Greece. The idea of organizing a marathon race came from [[Michel Bréal]], who wanted the event to feature in the [[1896 Summer Olympics|first modern Olympic Games]] in 1896 in Athens. This idea was heavily supported by [[Pierre de Coubertin]], the founder of the modern Olympics, as well as the Greeks. The Greeks staged a selection race for the Olympic marathon, and this first marathon was won by [[Charilaos Vasilakos]] in 3 hours and 18 minutes (with the future winner of the introductory Olympic Games marathon coming in fifth). The winner of the first Olympic Marathon in 1896 (a male only race) was [[Spiridon Louis|Spiridon "Spiros" Louis]], a Greek water-carrier. He won at the Olympics in 2 hours 58 minutes and 50 seconds, despite stopping on the way for a glass of [[wine]] from his uncle waiting near the village of [[Chalandri]].{{Fact|date=January 2007}} The women's marathon was introduced at the [[1984 Summer Olympics]] ([[Los Angeles]], [[United States|USA]]). == Distance == {| align="right" class="wikitable sortable" style="margin-left:15px;" ! Year ! Distance<br>(kilometres) ! Distance<br>(miles) |- | 1896 || 40 || 24.85 |- | 1900 || 40.26 || 25.02 |- | 1904 || 40 || 24.85 |- | 1906 || 41.86 || 26.01 |- | 1908 || 42.195 || 26.22 |- | 1912 || 40.2 || 24.98 |- | 1920 || 42.75 || 26.56 |- | 1924<br/>onward || 42.195 || 26.22 |} The length of a marathon was not fixed at first, since the only important factor was that all athletes competed on the same course. The marathon races in the first few Olympic Games were not of a set length, but were approximately 40 km,<ref name='Bryant'> J.Bryant, 100 Years and Still Running, ''Marathon News'' (2007)</ref> roughly the distance from Marathon to Athens by the longer, flatter route. The exact length of the Olympic marathon varied depending on the route established for each venue. The marathon at the [[1908 Summer Olympics]] in [[London]] was set to measure about {{convert|25|mi|km|0}} and to start on ‘The Long Walk’ – a magnificent avenue leading up to [[Windsor Castle]] in the grounds of [[Windsor Great Park]]. The [[Mary of Teck|Princess of Wales]] wanted her children to watch the start of the race, so the start of the race was moved to the east lawn of Windsor Castle, increasing its length to {{convert|26|mi|km|0}}.<ref name='Bryant'/> The race was to finish at the [[White City Stadium|Great White City Stadium]] in [[Shepherd's Bush]] in London; however, [[Alexandra of Denmark|Queen Alexandra]] insisted on having the best view of the finish; so, in the words of the official Olympic report, "385 yards were run on the cinder track to the finish, below the Royal Box".<ref name='Bryant'/> The length then became 42.195 km (26 miles 385 yards). For the next Olympics in 1912, the length was changed to 40.2 km (24.98 miles) and changed again to 42.75 km (26.56 miles) for the 1920 Olympics until it was fixed at the 1908 distance for the 1924 Olympics. In fact, of the first seven [[Olympic Games]], there were six different marathon distances between 40 km and 42.75 km (40 km being used twice). Following the 1908 Olympics in London, an annual event called the [[Polytechnic Marathon]] had been instituted over the 1908 distance of 26 miles 385 yards (42.195 km), and it was largely due to the prestige of the Polytechnic Marathon that 42.195 km was adopted as the official marathon distance in 1921 by the [[International Amateur Athletic Federation]] (IAAF) - Rule 240 of their Competition Rules.[]. The distance converted into miles, 26.2187, has been rounded to 26.22 in the table (a difference of about 2 yards). ==World records and world's best== [[World Record|World records]] were not officially recognised by the [[IAAF]] until [[January 1]], [[2004]]; previously, the best times for the marathon were referred to as the 'world best'. Courses must conform to [[IAAF]] standards for a record to be recognized. However, marathon routes still vary greatly in elevation, course, and surface, making exact comparisons impossible. Typically, the fastest times are set over relatively flat courses near sea level, during good weather conditions and with the assistance of [[Pacemaker (track)|pacesetter]]s. The world record time for men over the distance is 2 hours 4 minutes and 26 seconds, set in the [[Berlin Marathon]] by [[Haile Gebrselassie]] of [[Ethiopia]] on [[September 30]], [[2007]], an improvement of 21 minutes and 13 seconds since 1947 ([[Marathon world best progression]]). The men's world record represents an average pace of under 2:57 per kilometer (4:45 per mile). The world record for women was set by [[Paula Radcliffe]] of [[Great Britain|United Kingdom]] in the [[London Marathon]] on [[April 13]], [[2003]], in 2 hours 15 minutes and 25 seconds. This time was set using male [[Pacemaker (track)|pacesetter]]s; the fastest time by a woman without using a male pacesetter ("woman-only") was also set by Paula Radcliffe, again during the London Marathon, with a time of 2 hours 17 minutes and 42 seconds, on [[April 17]], [[2005]]. [ All-time men's best marathon times under 2h 10'30"] [ All-time women's best marathon times under 2h 30'00"] ==Olympic traditions== Since the modern games were founded, it has become a tradition for the men's Olympic marathon to be the last event of the athletics calendar, with a finish inside the Olympic stadium, often within hours of, or even incorporated into, the closing ceremonies. The marathon of the [[2004 Summer Olympics]] revived the long-established route from [[Marathon, Greece|Marathon]] to [[Athens]] ending at [[Panathinaiko Stadium]], the venue for the [[1896 Summer Olympics]]. ==Running a marathon== ===General=== Completing a marathon is considered very difficult, but many coaches believe that it is possible for anyone who is willing to put in the time and effort. Various first-person accounts of (first-time) marathon training and successful racing can be found on the internet, e.g. on the [[Dead Runners Society]] [[electronic mailing list]]. There are two strategies for ''running'' a marathon: actually running the whole distance<ref name=higdon/>, and a run-walk strategy.<ref name=galloway /> An intermediate approach is to run from water stop to water stop, and walk through the water stop to insure the fluids are consumed instead of spilled. ===Finish times for non-professional runners=== Most participants do not run a marathon to win. More important for most runners is their personal finish time and their placement within their specific gender and age group. Another very important goal is to break certain time barriers. For example, ambitious recreational first-timers often try to run the marathon under 4 hours; more competitive runners may attempt to run under 3 hours. Other benchmarks are the qualifying times for major marathons. Especially important among these are the times necessary to obtain entry for the [[Boston Marathon]], the oldest marathon in the United States, which requires a qualifying time for all non-professional runners. The New York City marathon also requires a qualifying time for guaranteed entry, at a pace slightly faster than Boston's. A qualifying time is also needed for Washington D.C.'s National Marathon. ===Training=== For most runners, the marathon is the longest run they have ever attempted. Most coaches believe that the most important element in [[marathon training]] is the long run. Recreational runners commonly try to reach a maximum of about 20 miles (32 kilometres) in their longest weekly run and about 40 miles (64 kilometres) a week in total when training for the marathon, but wide variability exists in practice and in recommendations. More experienced marathoners may run a longer distance, and more miles or kilometres during the week. Greater weekly training mileages can offer greater results in terms of distance and endurance, but also carry a greater risk of training injury. Most male elite marathon runners will have weekly mileages of over 100 miles (160 kilometres).<ref name=daniels>{{cite book | author=Daniels, J. PhD | title=Daniels' Running Formula, 2nd Ed. | publisher=Human Kinetics Publishing | year=2005 | id=ISBN 0-7360-5492-8}}</ref> Many training programs last a minimum of five or six months, with a gradual increase (every two weeks) in the distance run and a little decrease (1 to 3 weeks) for recovery. The decrease, commonly called the ''taper'', should last a minimum of two weeks and a maximum of three weeks, according to most trainers. For beginners looking to merely finish a marathon, a minimum of 4 months of running 4 days a week is recommended <ref>Whitsett ''et al.'' (1998) The Non-Runner's Marathon Trainer. Master's Press.</ref>. Many trainers recommend a weekly increase in mileage of no more than 10%. It is also often advised to maintain a consistent running program for six weeks or so before beginning a marathon training program to allow the body to adapt to the new stresses.<ref>{{cite book | author=Burfoot, A. Ed | title=Runner's World Complete Book of Running : Everything You Need to Know to Run for Fun, Fitness and Competition | publisher=Rodale Books | year=1999 | id=ISBN 1-57954-186-0}}</ref> Some training programs may be found at Runner's World <ref name=runnersworld>,7123,s6-238-244-255-0,00.html</ref>, Hal Higdon <ref name=higdon></ref>, Jeff Galloway <ref name=galloway/>, Boston Athletic Association <ref name=boston></ref> and many others. During marathon training, adequate recovery time is important. If fatigue or pain is felt, it is recommended to take a break for a couple of days or more to let the body heal. Overtraining is a condition that results from not getting enough rest to allow the body to recover from difficult training. It can actually result in a lower endurance and speed and place a runner at a greater risk of injury.<ref name=daniels/> ===Before the race=== During the last two or three weeks before the marathon, runners will typically reduce their weekly training, gradually, by as much as 50%-75% of previous peak volume, and take at least a couple of days of complete rest to allow their bodies to recover from any strong effort. The last long training run might be undertaken no later than two weeks prior to the event. This is a phase of training known as '''tapering'''. Many marathoners also [[carbohydrate loading|"carbo-load"]] (increase their carbohydrate intake while holding total caloric intake constant) during the week before the marathon to allow their bodies to store more [[glycogen]]. Immediately before the race, many runners will refrain from eating solid food to avoid digestive problems. They will also ensure that they are fully hydrated beforehand. Light stretching before the race is believed by many to help keep muscles limber. ===During the race=== Coaches recommend trying to maintain as steady a pace as possible when running a marathon. Many novice runners make the mistake of trying to "bank time" early in the race by starting with a quicker pace than they can actually hope to maintain for the entire race. This strategy can backfire, leaving the runner without enough energy to complete the race or causing the runner to cramp. Therefore, some coaches advise novice runners to start out slower than their average goal pace to save energy for the second half of the race (negative splits). As an example, the first five to eight miles (13 km) might be run at a pace 15-20 seconds per mile slower than the target pace for later. Typically, there is a maximum allowed time of about six hours after which the marathon route is closed, although some larger marathons (such as Myrtle Beach, Marine Corps and Honolulu) keep the course open considerably longer (eight hours or more). Runners still on the course at that time are picked up by a truck and carried to the finish line. Finishing a marathon at all is a worthy accomplishment. Times under four hours (9:09 per mile) are considered a superior achievement for amateurs.{{Fact|date=September 2007}} ==== Water consumption dangers ==== Water and light [[sports drink]]s offered along the race course should be consumed regularly in order to avoid [[dehydration]]. While drinking fluids during the race is absolutely necessary for all runners, in some cases too much drinking can also be dangerous. Drinking more than one loses during a race can decrease the concentration of sodium in the blood (a condition called [[hyponatremia]]), which may result in vomiting, seizures, [[coma]] and even death.<ref> Water danger for marathon runners</ref> Eating salt packets during a race possibly can help with this problem. The International Marathon Medical Directors Association issued a warning in 2001 that urged runners only to drink when they are thirsty, rather than "drinking ahead of their thirst." An elite runner never has the time to drink too much water. However, a slower runner can easily drink too much water during the four or more hours of a race and immediately afterwards. Water overconsumption typically occurs when a runner is overly concerned about being dehydrated and overdoes the effort to drink enough. The amount of water required to cause complications from drinking too much may be only 3 liters, or even less, depending on the individual. Women are more prone to hyponatremia than men. A recent study in the ''[[New England Journal of Medicine]]'' found that 13% of runners completing the 2002 [[Boston Marathon]] had hyponatremia.<ref>[| Hyponatremia among runners in the Boston Marathon]</ref> A 4+ hour runner can drink about 4-6 ounces (120-170 ml) of fluids every 20-30 minutes without fear of hyponatremia. It is not clear if consuming sports drinks or salty snacks reduces risk. A patient suffering hyponatremia can be given a small volume of a concentrated [[sodium chloride|salt]] solution intravenously to raise [[sodium]] concentrations in blood. Since taking and testing a blood sample takes time, runners should weigh themselves before running and write the results on their bibs. If anything goes wrong, [[first aid]] workers can use the weight information to tell if the patient had consumed too much water. ====Glycogen and “the wall”==== [[Carbohydrate]]s that a person eats are converted by the liver and muscles into [[glycogen]] for storage. Glycogen burns quickly to provide quick energy. Runners can store about 8 [[joule|MJ]] or 2,000 [[calorie|kcal]] worth of glycogen in their bodies, enough for about 30 km or 18-20 miles of running. Many runners report that running becomes noticeably more difficult at that point.{{Fact|date=January 2007}} When glycogen runs low, the body must then burn stored [[fat]] for energy, which does not burn as readily. When this happens, the runner will experience dramatic [[Fatigue (physical)|fatigue]]. This phenomenon is called "[[Bonk (condition)|hitting the wall]]". The aim of training for the marathon, according to many coaches,{{Fact|date=January 2007}} is to maximize the limited glycogen available so that the fatigue of the "wall" is not as dramatic. This is in part accomplished by utilizing a higher percentage of energy from burned fat even during the early phase of the race, thus conserving glycogen. Carbohydrate-based "energy" gels are a good way to avoid or reduce the effect of "hitting the wall" as they provide easy to digest energy during the run. Some people recommend taking an energy gel every 45-60 minutes during the race. Energy gels usually contain varying amounts of sodium and potassium and some also contain caffeine. They need to be consumed with a certain amount of water. Alternatives to gels are solid candy, cookies, other forms of concentrated sugars, or any food high in simple carbohydrates which can be digested easily by the individual runner. Many runners experiment with consuming energy supplements during training runs to determine what works best for them. Each runner may be different. ===After a marathon=== It is normal to experience muscle soreness after a marathon. This is usually attributed to microscopic tears in the muscles. It causes a characteristic awkward walking style that is immediately recognizable by other runners. Muscle soreness usually abates within a week, but most runners will take about three weeks to completely recover to pre-race condition. The immune system is reportedly suppressed for a short time. Studies have indicated that an increase in vitamin C in a runner's post-race diet decreases the chance of sinus [[infections]], a relatively common condition, especially in [[ultramarathon]]s. Changes to the blood chemistry may lead physicians to mistakenly diagnose heart malfunction. It is still possible to overdrink water after the race has finished, and runners should take care not to overconsume water in the immediate hours after finishing the race. Due to the stress on the body during a marathon, a person's [[kidneys]] can shut down, leading to the accumulation of toxins in the blood. This is especially dangerous if the runner has consumed any medications such as [[ibuprofen]] (Advil, Motrin) or [[acetaminophen]] (Tylenol). If a runner has not urinated within 4-6 hours after the marathon despite consuming adequate fluids, he or she should seek medical attention. It is relatively common to only come to realize that there are injuries to the feet and knees after the marathon has finished. [[Blisters]] on the feet and toes commonly only become painful after the race is over. Some runners may experience toenails which turn black and sometimes subsequently detach from the toe. This is from the toenails being too long and impacting on the front of the shoe. Some sports doctors advise that gentle exercise in the week after the marathon can aid muscle recovery, but obviously this must be tailored to the individual situation. Receiving a sports massage from a licensed massage therapist is a good idea particularly if done approximately 24-48 hours after finishing a marathon. Massage has been shown to have less benefit if received immediately after the race.{{Fact|date=January 2007}} After long training runs and the marathon itself, consuming carbohydrates to replace glycogen stores and protein to aid muscle recovery is commonly recommended. In addition, soaking the lower half of the body for 20 minutes or so in cold or ice water may force blood through the leg muscles to speed recovery. Recovery from these runs will be faster with these strategies. ===Etiquette=== Modern marathons such as New York, Chicago and Berlin have tens of thousands of runners and millions of spectators. Common courtesy for other runners becomes necessary when running in a densely packed crowd <ref name=etiquette></ref>. Those employing a walk/run strategy or who are simply walking are encouraged to stay to one side, leaving the middle of the street for faster runners. Runners in groups are encouraged not to block the entire street, preventing other runners from passing them. Two or three runners abreast is recommended. Large groups may consider single or double files. Spectators should remain on the curbs, instead of crowding onto the street and condensing participants into an even smaller space. ==Cardiac risks== A study published in 1996<ref></ref> found that the risk of having a fatal heart attack during, or in the period 24 hours after, a marathon, was approximately 1 in 50,000 over an athlete's racing career - which the authors characterised as an "extremely small" risk. The paper went on to say that since the risk was so small, cardiac screening programs for marathons were not warranted. However, this study was not an attempt to assess the overall benefit or risk to cardiac health of marathon running. In 2006, a study of 60 non-elite marathon participants tested runners for certain proteins which indicate heart damage or dysfunction after they had completed the marathon, and gave them ultrasound scans before and after the race. The study revealed that, in that sample of 60 people, runners who had done less than 35 miles per week training before the race were most likely to show some heart damage or dysfunction, while runners who had done more than 45 miles per week training beforehand showed little or no heart problems.<ref></ref> It should be emphasised that regular exercise in general provides a range of health benefits, including a substantially reduced risk of heart attacks. Moreover, these studies only relate to marathons, not to other forms of running. It has been suggested that as marathon running is a test of endurance, it stresses the heart more than shorter running activities, and this may be the reason for the reported findings. ==Marathon races== {{see also|List of marathon races}} Annually, more than 800 marathons are organized worldwide. Some of these belong to the [[Association of International Marathons and Distance Races]] (AIMS) which has grown since its foundation in 1982 to embrace 238 member events in 82 countries and territories. Five of the largest and most prestigious races, [[Boston Marathon|Boston]], [[New York City Marathon|New York City]], [[Chicago Marathon|Chicago]], [[London Marathon|London]], and [[Berlin Marathon|Berlin]], form the biannual [[World Marathon Majors]] series, awarding $500,000 annually to the best overall male and female performers in the series. Other notable large marathons include [[Marine Corps Marathon|Washington, D.C./Virginia]], [[Honolulu Marathon|Honolulu]], [[Los Angeles Marathon|Los Angeles]], [[Rome Marathon|Rome]] and [[Paris Marathon|Paris]]. One of the more unusual marathons is the [[Midnight Sun Marathon]] held in Tromsø, Norway at 70 degrees North. Using unofficial and temporary courses, measured by GPS, races of marathon distance are now held at the North Pole, in Antarctica and over desert terrain. Among other unusual marathons can be mentioned: The [[Great Wall of China Marathon]] on The [[Great Wall of China]], The [[Big Five Marathon]] among the safari wildlife of South Africa, The [[Great Tibetan Marathon]] - a marathon in an atmosphere of [[Tibetan Buddhism]] at an altitude of 3500 meters, and The [[Polar circle marathon]] on the permanent ice cap of [[Greenland]] in -15 degrees Celsius/+5 degrees Fahrenheit temperatures. The [[Intercontinental Istanbul Eurasia Marathon]] is the only marathon where participants run over two continents, Europe and Asia, during the course of a single event. The historic [[Polytechnic Marathon]] which gave the world the standard distance of 42.195 km finally died out in 1996. Marathon races usually use the starting format called [[mass start]], though larger races may use a wave start, where different genders or abilities may begin at different times. == Notable marathon runners == This is a list of elite athletes notable for their performance in marathoning. For a list of people notable in other fields who have also run marathons, see [[list of marathoners]]. ===Men=== {| |- valign=top | *[[Gezahegne Abera]] *[[Abel Antón]] *[[Stefano Baldini]] *[[Dick Beardsley]] *[[Abebe Bikila]] *[[Amby Burfoot]] *[[Bob Busquaert]] *[[Dionicio Cerón]] *[[Robert Cheruiyot]] *[[Waldemar Cierpinski]] *[[Derek Clayton]] *[[Robert de Castella]] *[[Martín Fiz]] *[[Bruce Fordyce]] *[[Haile Gebrselassie]] *[[Ryan Hall (runner)|Ryan Hall]] *[[Hal Higdon]] *[[Juma Ikangaa]] *[[Steve Jones (athlete)|Steve Jones]] *[[Meb Keflezighi]] *[[Khalid Khannouchi]] | *[[Hannes Kolehmainen]] *[[Tom Longboat]] *[[Carlos Lopes]] *[[Spiridon Louis]] *[[Greg Meyer]] *[[Gerard Nijboer]] *[[James Peters (athlete)|Jim Peters]] *[[Julio Rey]] *[[Bill Rodgers (athletics)|Bill Rodgers]] *[[Evans Rutto]] *[[Alberto Salazar]] *[[Toshihiko Seko]] *[[Frank Shorter]] *[[Sohn Kee-Chung]] *[[Albin Stenroos]] *[[Paul Tergat]] *[[Ed Whitlock]] *[[Geri Winkler]] *[[Mamo Wolde]] *[[Emil Zátopek]] |} ===Women=== {| |- valign=top | *[[Elfenesh Alemu]] *[[Carla Beurskens]] *[[Katrin Dörre-Heinig]] *[[Lidiya Grigoryeva]] *[[Helena Javornik]] *[[Deena Kastor]] *[[Lornah Kiplagat]] *[[Renata Kokowska]] *[[Ingrid Kristiansen]] *[[Catherina McKiernan]] *[[Rosa Mota]] | *[[Catherine Ndereba]] *[[Mizuki Noguchi]] *[[Uta Pippig]] *[[Paula Radcliffe]] *[[Fatuma Roba]] *[[Joan Benoit Samuelson]] *[[Kathrine Switzer]] *[[Naoko Takahashi]] *[[Grete Waitz]] *[[Getenesh Wami]] |} == World all times list (men)== <br> <TABLE BORDER=1 CELLPADDING=2 CELLSPACING=1> <TR bgcolor="silver"> <TH>Time</TH> <TH>Athlete</TH> <TH>Country</TH> <TH>Date</TH> <TH>Place</TH> </TR> <TR> <TD align=center>2h04:26</TD> <TD align=center>[[Haile Gebrselassie]]</TD> <TD align=center>[[Ethiopia]]</TD> <TD align=center>[[30 September]] [[2007]]</TD> <TD align=center>[[Berlin]]</TD> </TR> <TR bgcolor="#e5e5e5"> <TD align=center>2h04:55</TD> <TD align=center>[[Paul Tergat]]</TD> <TD align=center>[[Kenya]]</TD> <TD align=center>[[28 September]] [[2003]]</TD> <TD align=center>[[Berlin]]</TD> </TR> <TR> <TD align=center>2h04:56</TD> <TD align=center>[[Sammy Korir]]</TD> <TD align=center>[[Kenya]]</TD> <TD align=center>[[28 September]] [[2003]]</TD> <TD align=center>[[Berlin]]</TD> </TR> <TR bgcolor="#e5e5e5"> <TD align=center>2h05:38</TD> <TD align=center>[[Khalid Khannouchi]]</TD> <TD align=center>[[United States]]</TD> <TD align=center>[[14 April]] [[2002]]</TD> <TD align=center>[[London]]</TD> </TR> <TR> <TD align=center>2h05:50</TD> <TD align=center>[[Evans Rutto]]</TD> <TD align=center>[[Kenya]]</TD> <TD align=center>[[12 October]] [[2003]]</TD> <TD align=center>[[Chicago]]</TD> </TR> <TR bgcolor="#e5e5e5"> <TD align=center>2h06:05</TD> <TD align=center>[[Ronaldo da Costa]]</TD> <TD align=center>[[Brazil]]</TD> <TD align=center>[[20 September]] [[1998]]</TD> <TD align=center>[[Berlin]]</TD> </TR> <TR> <TD align=center>2h06:14</TD> <TD align=center>[[Felix Limo]]</TD> <TD align=center>[[Kenya]]</TD> <TD align=center>[[4 April]] [[2004]]</TD> <TD align=center>[[Rotterdam]]</TD> </TR> <TR bgcolor="#e5e5e5"> <TD align=center>2h06:15</TD> <TD align=center>[[Titus Munji]]</TD> <TD align=center>[[Kenya]]</TD> <TD align=center>[[28 September]] [[2003]]</TD> <TD align=center>[[Berlin]]</TD> </TR> <TR> <TD align=center>2h06:16</TD> <TD align=center>[[Moses Tanui]]</TD> <TD align=center>[[Kenya]]</TD> <TD align=center>[[24 October]] [[1999]]</TD> <TD align=center>[[Chicago]]</TD> </TR> <TR bgcolor="#e5e5e5"> <TD align=center>2h06:16</TD> <TD align=center>[[Daniel Njenga]]</TD> <TD align=center>[[Kenya]]</TD> <TD align=center>[[13 October]] [[2002]]</TD> <TD align=center>[[Chicago]]</TD> </TR> </TABLE> == World all times list (women)== <br> <TABLE BORDER=1 CELLPADDING=2 CELLSPACING=1> <TR bgcolor="silver"> <TH>Time</TH> <TH>Athlete</TH> <TH>Country</TH> <TH>Date</TH> <TH>Place</TH> </TR> <TR> <TD align=center>2h15:25</TD> <TD align=center>[[Paula Radcliffe]]</TD> <TD align=center>[[United Kingdom]]</TD> <TD align=center>[[13 April]] [[2003]]</TD> <TD align=center>[[London]]</TD> </TR> <TR bgcolor="#e5e5e5"> <TD align=center>2h18:47</TD> <TD align=center>[[Catherine Ndereba]]</TD> <TD align=center>[[Kenya]]</TD> <TD align=center>[[7 October]] [[2001]]</TD> <TD align=center>[[Chicago]]</TD> </TR> <TR> <TD align=center>2h19:12</TD> <TD align=center>[[Mizuki Noguchi]]</TD> <TD align=center>[[Japan]]</TD> <TD align=center>[[25 September]] [[2005]]</TD> <TD align=center>[[Berlin]]</TD> </TR> <TR bgcolor="#e5e5e5"> <TD align=center>2h19:36</TD> <TD align=center>[[Deena Kastor]]</TD> <TD align=center>[[United States]]</TD> <TD align=center>[[23 April]] [[2006]]</TD> <TD align=center>[[London]]</TD> </TR> <TR> <TD align=center>2h19:39</TD> <TD align=center>[[Sun Yingjie]]</TD> <TD align=center>[[China]]</TD> <TD align=center>[[19 October]] [[2003]]</TD> <TD align=center>[[Beijing]]</TD> </TR> <TR bgcolor="#e5e5e5"> <TD align=center>2h19:41</TD> <TD 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