>This morning, Ryan Hall broke a 20-year-old American Record in the half-marathon with a stunning 59:43. It’s set the message boards (the old men and the young punks) abuzz. He won by over 2 1/2 minutes and beat the living hell out of Oly silver medalist Meb Keflezighi.
So what exactly does 59:43 mean? Putting aside the inexactness of road courses (note that last year’s USATF 10-mile championship was certified but later found to be notably short), here are Hall’s splits.
10k: 28:21 (4:34 pace)
9 miles: 40:56 (4:32 pace) / 12:35 for 2.79 miles (4:31 pace)
Finish: 59:43 (4:33 pace) / 18:47 for 4.11 miles (4:34 pace)
Using the ARRS‘ records, how does this compare? It’s 36 seconds off the World Record (59:06 by Paul Kosgei last April). It’s tied for 11th on the all-time world list. The Portugese tables rate it equal to a 2:05:18 marathon and a 26:56.1 10k (which are probably overstatements). For a guy looking to step up to the marathon, it’s very promising.
It is pretty darn good, but it’s not like an Olympic medal or World Championship or World Record or anything, all of which have been done by US runners of late. So why are the guys over at Let’s Run jumping around like a bunch of Kansas City faggots? Well, I’m betting few of them can remember the last time an American-born WASPy type was competitive with the best in the world, and the flavor of that place is a bit Archie Bunker-ish.
Video is here.