KENYA GET ANY FASTER?

November 14, 2011

The course-record win (2:05:06) by Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya in Sunday's New York City Marathon continued a trend in the sport: After years of stagnation, elite times are dropping. Once targeted by older athletes losing their track speed, the highly lucrative major marathons now lure top Kenyans from the oval to the roads while they're still in their primes—leaving the rest of the world out of the running.

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STEPPING DOWN

The average time of the year's 10 fastest marathoners is getting faster as young Kenyans take to the event.

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2:07:21 2005

2:06:46 2006

2:06:43 2007

2:05:40 2008

2:05:21 2009

2:05:21 2010

2:05:05 2011

2:08:00

2:07:00

2:06:00

2:05:00

2:04:00

2:03:00

ATHLETES UNDER 2:07

1 8 6 13 20 19 24

KENYANS IN YEAR'S TOP 20

14 11 13 13 11 11 19

SOURCE: THE SCIENCE OF SPORT

PHOTOPORTER BINKS/NYRR

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)