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  • Easy End-of-Year Quiz

    Who was the first to run a half marathon in under an hour?

  • #2
    Re: Easy End-of-Year Quiz

    Moses Tanui in 1993

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    • #3
      Re: Easy End-of-Year Quiz

      Sammy Lelei ran sub-60min (59.24) before Tanui, but it was deemed a "short course". So Tanui was the first to 'officially' run sub-60min for the half marathon.

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      • #4
        Re: Easy End-of-Year Quiz

        Arturo Barrios!!

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        • #5
          Re: Easy End-of-Year Quiz

          Yes, kuha1 got it. Arturo Barrios ran the current WR 21,101 meters, or a few meters more than a half-marathon, in an hour on the track in France in 1991. He also set the current 20,000 meter record (56:55) a distance that I am sure GH would like to abolished.

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          • #6
            Re: Easy End-of-Year Quiz

            Great question. Surely, Arturo did it - but by no more than a second, probably.

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            • #7
              Re: Easy End-of-Year Quiz

              >Yes, kuha1 got it. Arturo Barrios ran the current WR 21,101 meters, or a few meters more than a half-marathon, in an hour on the track in France in 1991.<


              If you want to be really accurate, technically, that's not and cannot be the right answer. A half-marathon is, by definition, a road race. You can't set a record, or be credited with a time, in a road event if you're running on a track. He may have been the first under and hour for 21,097.5 meters, the half-marathon distance, but that performance was not in a half marathon.

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              • #8
                Re: Easy End-of-Year Quiz

                Say what? We're not pretending that AB got "credit" for the half-marathon RECORD...he didn't. But he DID cover the distance in under an hour, which makes the original question completely legit. Let's split hairs, eh?

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                • #9
                  Re: Easy End-of-Year Quiz

                  Well, yes, it is splitting hairs. But the fact is that 21,097.5 meters on a track is NOT a half-marathon.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Easy End-of-Year Quiz

                    At the risk of sounding undiplomatic---tandfman is nuts. The Chicago Marathon and the Philadelphia Half Marathon are road races, but a half-marathon is a distance, like the 100 meters, the mile etc. and Arturo was the first to run that distance under an hour. And that is all the question asked. QED

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