Boston 2011. World record smashed....BUT?!?!?!
The world was on his feet. A new World Record in marathon history was set! Geoffrey Mutai was the man in the limelight crossing the finish with a whooping 2:03:02! Smashing Haile Gebrselassie's WR by 57 seconds.
But wait, it was NOT a WR. Because according to IAAF and USATF, Boston is not a "record-quality course". The reason behind that is because of the so called elevation loss. Besides, there was the tailwind issue as well.
What a bummer!
Imagine clinching the WR in your hand and still being denied of it! ...I think Mutai must have felt at least a little bit cheesed off. But maybe he already knew this inevitable outcome. He must have read the fine prints. I must admit, before this I had no idea that Boston is not a record-quality course. So much hype has gone into just qualifying for the race! "Have you BQ?" has become a favourite catch phrase. In many runners' "Bucket list", it's probably one of those things to do before you die and so forth....and yet, Not a record-quality course? Is it any one's fault that IAAF and USATF has disqualified it on the grounds of elevation loss? Well, I am sure they have their standards to uphold. Otherwise, there won't be any form of standards to marathon running...
Well, if Mutai is happy with it, who are we to complain? The prestige of just running in a Boston Marathon is enough for a runner to simply ignore any of the so called record quality (or not) course. Face it, only one person should complain about it since no one else is qualified to protest. (Sorry in this case, 2 persons! Mutai's fellow countryman Moses Mosop, also "smashed" the WR by running a 2:03:06!)
So, for now, Mutai has to contend with "the world's FASTEST". I guess that's good enough for now. We are happy for you.
As for me, I have BQ but to secure a place for 2012 is nothing short of a miracle now with their new guideline for registration. Face it, Boston is the hardest race to get into....that's why it's the most sought after race in the world.
In the mean time, I'll keep running my best! Hopefully can PB (or PR) in order to improve on my BQ. And in the process of doing that, never forgetting to just simply enjoy it!