What a day for the sport!
Sunday, September 16, 2018 was a tremendous day for the sport! At the BMW Berlin Marathon, Eliud Kipchoge set a new world record, blistering a 2:01.39 (61:06 for half marathon, 60:33 for second half marathon). Kipchoge ran the last 17 kilometers by his lonesome, increasing the pace on his own, and setting world record for men quite similar to the world record for women held by Paula Radcliffe, which she ran in 2003, and the clock stopped at 2:15:25. Most keen observers have noted that Eliud Kipchoge’s world record will not be challenged for some time.
And, seven hours after Eliud Kipchoge finished the BMW Berlin Marathon in 2:01.39, Kevin Mayer, the French decathlete, set a new WR of 9,136 points, eighty-one points above the former WR of one Ashton Eaton. Kevin Mayer had a nightmere in Berlin in August, when he had no mark in the Long Jump. Mayer was devestated, as the gold medal should have been his at the 2018 European Athletics Championships. Kevin Mayer put together two days of great performances in Talence, France in the Decastar event. On day 1, Kevin Mayer went 10.55 for the 100m, 7.80m for LJ, 16.00m for shot put, 2.05m for the high jump and 48.42 for the 400m, with a day 1 score of 4,563 points.
On day 2, Kevin Mayer continued to impress in front of his fans, startin with 13.75 for 110m, 50.54m in discus, 5.45m in pole vault, 71.90m in the javelin and his finisih in 4:36.11, the final event (the 1,500m), to go 81 points ahead of Ashton Eaton’s WR, set in August 2015 in Beijing.
Here’s the podcast on the 2 WRs in one day! Special thanks to Mike Deering and The Shoe Addicts on producing the RBR PODCAST: Two World records in One Day!