The ink isn’t even dry on Wilson Kipsang’s new marathon world record (2:03:23) from last Sunday in Berlin, and already speculation has begun over what might be next for the iconic distance event.
Golfing legend Gary Player, winner of nine major titles and countless others world-wide, believes we have yet to see the best golf there is to play, notwithstanding Tiger Woods and the now more athletic generation that Woods has inspired.
“We haven’t seen a Jordan or a Shaq on Tour yet,” Player told ESPN’s SportsNation recently. “And when we do they will hit 420 yards, and courses will be obsolete.”
Like golf, running has dipped its toes into a new pool of talent where we begin to question the definition of endurance. This past Sunday in Berlin Kipsang broke countryman Patrick Makau’s two-year old marathon world record by 15 seconds on the same course that has hosted the last five marathon world records. But with double Olympic track champion Mo Farah of England about to give the distance a full go in London next April, are we on the cusp of a brave new world? (more…)