Sammy Wanjiru is fast becoming a legend in marathon running at the ripe, young age of 22. He won the Beijing Olympic marathon with a performance that many consider the best of all time. He has won four of his first marathons with an average time of 2:05:53, second in average to the best five marathons run by World record holder, Haile Gebrselassie (2:04:57 average).
If he can get the right weather and the right pacing, says Wanjiru, he’ll break Geb’s record of 2:03:59.
“He is a very special runner,” said Bank of American Chicago Marathon runner-up Abderrahim Goumri of Morocco. “To break the world record he will have to change his tactics.” Goumri and others believe that running as fast as “the Emperor,” as Gebrselassie is known in his native Ethiopia requires a tempered effort in the first half of the race and a negative split.