By Laura Pappano
Whether or not the IAAF decides to recognize as a new world record Geoffrey Mutai’s win in the Boston Marathon, crossing in 2:03:02 – 57 seconds faster than Haile Gebreselassie’s 2008 record of 2:03:59 – is, in some ways, immaterial.
He was fast. He was so thrillingly fast (and on a course that – let’s be honest, rarely sees records) that people are resurrecting that tantalizing debate: Will someone break a two-hour marathon? Could that happen?
Sadly, the discussion about speed and possibility is only on the men’s side.