Sunday, September 29, 2013

World record in Berlin

The men are inching ever closer to the 2 hour mark in the marathon, as yet another world record was set this morning at the Berlin Marathon by Wilson Kipsang of Kenya in 2:03:23.  He beat his countryman Patrick Makau's time of 2:03:38 set two years ago at this very marathon.

That's a 4:43 minute per mile pace.  I don't think I could run a single mile in 4:43, let alone 26.2.  It is simply amazing to even think about.

Sadly, Kipsang's glory moment was ruined by some dumb asshole who jumped ahead of him and had the audacity to break the tape seconds before Kipsang.

I am working my ass off to achieve this goal of qualifying for Boston.  It's all for that one moment when I cross the finish line.  The glory moment.  I can't even begin to imagine what it must be like to run a world record, and to have that glory moment stolen.  According to the Berliner Zeitung, the guy wore the same yellow shirt when he ran across the field during a Bundesliga soccer game a few months ago.  The yellow shirt promotes a porn website he runs.

I can't even make this stuff up.

Good thing I speak fluent German, too, because there wasn't a single mention of the marathon in the New York Times this morning (a brief article has since been posted), and over at CNN, they made no mention of the guy in yellow but did manage to post the wrong picture of Kipsang:

I guess it's kind of ironic that the next article is titled "Biggest Bloopers of 2013."

At any rate, here is a video of the last moments of the marathon (which also uses the wrong picture):

1 comment:

  1. Or was it a new world record?
    Seriously, the guy in the yellow shirt is a complete stupid jerk. Doesn't take away from Kipsang's accomplishment, but a shame to mess up the photo of the moment.


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