Forrest Gump and Gump’ed
One man ran 99 miles home after running 26 miles in the London Marathon, the other got gump’ed of his world record at the Boston Marathon right after he got it. Forrest Gump (or Sam Robson) ran a total 125 miles in an amazing 29 hours to his hometown of St Ives, England. Kenya’s Geoffrey Mutai ran the Boston Marathon in world record time on Monday only to have the record stripped of him shortly after due to slopes and wind. I thought after 115 years the Boston Marathon would be calibrated properly to World standards? Read the excerpt, courtesy foxsports:
Mutai’s time will not be eligible for world record consideration, due to the International Association of Athletics Federation’s competition rules about the slopes on the course.
Mutai’s time does not count as a world record because the Boston course is not a point-to-point race and the overall decrease in elevation of the course is greater than that allowed by the track and field’s world governing body.
The times were also pushed along by a strong wind from the southwest, the IAAF reported, but Mutai partly credited American Ryan Hall for his fast time, with the US half-marathon record holder setting a fast pace in the early stages.
“I want to congratulate him,” Mutai said of Hall. “He pushed it, he pushed it all the time. He was like a pacemaker; he helped us a lot.”