It’s been reported today that Rita Jeptoo, the winner of the women’s competition in both the Chicago and Boston marathons last year, has been banned from competing for two years after failing a drug test. Prior to this, she had been credited as the winner for three Boston Marathons and two Chicago Marathons.
It’s very disappointing that someone who had been doing so well at distance running for the past few years was actually cheating.
The world record time for the marathon was broken over the weekend by Dennis Kimetto at the Berlin Marathon. He finished the race in 2:2:57, 26 seconds lower than the previous record. This is quite a large improvement and the record time is now closing in on 2 hours.
World records for road races like the marathon are rather strange since courses and course conditions can vary greatly. Some notable marathons like the Boston Marathon don’t count for world records because the courses deviate too much from what’s considered the standard. According to Wikipedia, the 7 fastest marathon times are all at Berlin in recent years, which suggests that the Berlin course may just happen to be one of the faster courses available. Nonetheless, this is an impressive accomplishment by Kimetto.
In case you haven’t been watching TV lately, the FXX channel will be starting a marathon of the Simpsons tomorrow morning and won’t stop until it’s shown every episode. I believe they’ll also be streaming episodes online.