Some talk about Samuel Wanjiru being the man to break two hours for the marathon: all he asks for is just one second, the single unit of time which will take him under Haile Gebrselassie’s current world record.

Two hours, three minutes, 58 seconds will suit Wanjiru perfectly, thanks very much. He is 23 years old, the product of Kenyan heritage and Japanese training, and the Olympic champion. The only one of his five marathons he has lost was in a closing sprint to fellow-Kenyan Martin Lel in London last year. Wins in Fukuoka, the Beijing Olympic Games, London and Chicago more than balance that. Wanjiru does disappointment in a minor key….Read More

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