Athletics: Boston officials to seek world record for Mutai

AFP, Tuesday 19 Apr 2011

Boston Marathon officials declared Tuesday that they will ask the IAAF to have Kenyan Geoffrey Mutai's fastest-ever marathon effort run Monday sanctioned as a world record

Geoffrey Mutai

The move comes even though IAAF rules prevent any Boston Marathon effort being declared a world record because the course is technically downhill and offers the chance of tailwinds providing a boost to runners.

Mutai's epic run of two hours, three minutes and two seconds would, if sanctioned, shatter the world record of 2:03:59 by Haile Gebrselassie of Ethiopia in 2008 at Berlin.

Officials of the 115-year-old race claim their course is not faster or easier than any other marathon layout, containing such famed climbs as "Heartbreak Hill", just because of the overall drop from start to finish.

But for record runs, the IAAF has regulations against downhill courses and point-to-point layouts such as the famed Boston run, instead sanctioning looped courses where any wind advantage would be negated.

The top four men's finishers broke the old Boston course record of 2:05:52 set by Kenyan Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot.

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