2011 Boston Marathon : Fastest Marathon Race Ever Run

2011 Boston Marathon : Fastest Marathon Race Ever

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber?  Log In



The 2011 Boston Marathon will go down in history, officially or not, as the fastest marathon race ever run.

Personal, American and World Records were shattered this morning, as a significant tailwind throughout most stretches of the race fostered an ideal environment for records to be broken.

Most impressive was Kenyan Geoffrey Mutai's 2:03:02 performance, smashing the world record by almost a minute (2:03:59) and record the fastest Boston Marathon time ever by almost 2 minutes.  Mutai and the rest of the pack (primarily Kenyans and Ethiopians) came through the half in just under 1:02.  Even more impressive was Mutai's closing half, an astonishing 1:01:06!

The first half's record pace can be attributed mostly to the fearless tactics of American Ryan Hall.  He stormed to the lead early and looked like the man to be beat up front until roughly halfway. However, a huge chase pack of 10 Kenyans and Ethiopians worked together to reel Hall in and regain contro after the halfway point. Hall looked to drop off the pace considerably, but in fact, he was still actually running on huge PR and Boston record pace.

"Having run this race several times, I've learned that when guys get away I can get them back later," Hall said.  He indeed did, fighting through the final few miles to finish an impressive 4th place (backing up 3rd and 4th place finishes the last two years).

"I'm running 2:04 pace and I can't even see the leaders," Hall joked afterward about the men's hot pace throughout. The others in the race were quick to point out Hall's presence as a huge factor in the records set.

"Without Hall, we would not have made it. He was like the pacemaker," said a thankful winner in Geoffrey Mutai after the race. Mutai's time of 2:03:02 unofficially sets a new World Record. Mutai needed every second, as he battled off fellow countryman and marathon-newcomer Moses Mosop until the line.  Mosop's debut, in 2:03:06, would have set a debut-marathon record by 3 minutes!

The course, however, is not officially included in world record discussion.  The downhill orientation and point to point aspect of the race keep it from being an official record course. There was considerable talk and questioning afterward about the neglect of Boston in world record discussions.  Joan Benoit, in her press conference afterward, still turned to Mutai and congratulated him on his world record performance.  

For now, although incredible, Mutai, Mosop and Hall's marks, although great, will not be in the record books.

The women's race started with New Zealand native and longtime New Englander Kim Smith jumping out to a commanding early lead. From the gun, Smith asserted herself as the woman to beat, and held a decisive lead (upwards of 1 minute at certain points) until after 25 kilometers. After 25 km, Smith started to feel the pace and battle apparent cramping issues. At 30 k, Smith was caught, and was not an issue the remainder of the race.

However, the field benefitted from having to reel the Providence graduate in, and the last half of the race really heated up to get most of the pack on personal-record pace.

Desiree Davila of the Brooks-Hansons Distance Project took control of the lead late in the race and pushed Caroline Kilel (Kenya) and Sharon Cherop (Kenya) to the brink. Kilel did a wonderful job of responding to the surges Davila was throwing in, and it became a two-woman race with 600 to 800 meters to go.  With 300 meters to go, Kilel laid on the gas, and pulled away from Davila in the final stretch just enough to secure a victory in 2:22:36.  Davila ran the fastest Boston ever by an American with her 2:22:38.

Falling off the pace early, but fighting her way to a gutsy PR was American great Kara Goucher.  Goucher held on strongly and wrapped up her fastest marathon ever.

The 2011 marathon was one to remember and will (either unofficially or not) go down as the fastest race ever.

------

Alistair Cragg, in his marathon debut, dropped out at about the half, after running his previous 5k in 17:30.

The 2nd American was Zachary Hine, in 2:16:54.

Joan Benoit just missed an Olympic Trials qualifier, running 2:51 (she was unsure if she would compete because of back trouble until this morning.)

Migido Bourifa of Italy got 14th, running 2:13:45 ... at 42 years old!!!! (3 Masters runners broke 2:20)

Teyba Erkesso, last yeat's winner, and American Blake Russell were DNFs.

CRACK RECAP

Watch more video of 2011 Boston Marathon on flotrack.org


Salwa Eid Naser Avoids Whereabouts Ban Due To Apartment Snafu

naser.png

The whereabouts case brought by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) against 400m world champion Salwa Eid Naser of Bahrain has been dropped by the World Athletics Disciplinary Tribunal after a filing failure was backdated and a missed test reversed, allowing the sprinter to avoid three whereabouts failures within a 12-month period.

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber?  Log In

Jepchirchir & Kiplimo Take World Half Titles In Fast Races

Jacob Kiplimo

(c) 2020 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber?  Log In

All Eyes On Cheptegei At Saturday's World Half Marathon Championships

Joshua Cheptegei

(c) 2020 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber?  Log In

Three Big Questions Ahead Of The OSU Invitational

Ryan Raff

In a year in which the NCAA indoor, outdoor and cross country championships have been canceled due to COVID-19, it’s safe to say that a mid-October invitational cross country meet has never been more anticipated than Saturday’s OSU Invitational in Stillwater, Oklahoma. 

Unlock this article, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

Which Of The 2020 World Records Is Best?

Joshua Cheptegei, Mondo Duplantis

For a year in which both the world indoor championships and the Olympic Games were postponed, 2020 has seen its fair share of world records. (Of course, one could argue that those events being postponed aided in world record achievement, particularly in the cases of Joshua Cheptegei and Letesenbet Gidey.) A season with so much history has begged a question: which among these world records is the best? 

Unlock this article, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

Michigan Pro Ekiden And Half Marathon Born Out Of Necessity

Sashes.jpg

(c) 2020 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber?  Log In

Joshua Cheptegei Topples Bekele Again With 26:11 10,000m WR

null

Unlock this video, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

For the second time in less than two months, 24-year-old Ugandan Joshua Cheptegei has taken a world record from Kenenisa Bekele. After breaking Bekele’s 5,000m record on August 14 in Monaco in 12:35.37, Cheptegei on Wednesday ran 26:11.00 in Valencia, Spain, to dismantle the 26:17.53 Bekele ran in 2005.

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber?  Log In

Letesenbet Gidey Crushes Women's 5,000m WR In 14:06.62

null

Unlock this video, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

22-year-old Letesenbet Gidey smashed fellow Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba’s 5,000m world record on Wednesday night in Valencia, Spain, by running 14:06.62. Gidey, running in the NN Valencia World Record Day, took down Dibaba’s 14:11.15 mark which had stood since 2008.

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber?  Log In

How to Watch: 2020 NN Valencia World Record Day

Screen Shot 2020-10-05 at 1.53.35 PM.png

The 2020 NN Valencia World Record Day starts on Oct 7, 2020 LIVE on FloTrack

Kitata Prevails As Kipchoge Falters, Kosgei Dominates In London

null

Unlock this video, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

(c) 2020 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber?  Log In