Fastest African Marathoners Of The Last 25 Years

By Keren Mikva AFKI Original Published: May 27, 2014, 9:35 am

It’s common knowledge that elite athletes of African descent, particularly from East and West Africa, are among the fastest runners in the world. And when it comes to marathoners, East Africans — most notably Kenyans and Ethiopians — have dominated races across the world for decades. The following men and women represent the fastest marathoners in record-eligible courses over the last 25 years.

Keep in mind that the Boston Marathon is not a record-eligible course as recognized by the International Association of Athletics Federations, and thus Geoffrey Mutai’s 2011 Boston Marathon record time of 2:03:02 is not included in this ranking. These statistics were compiled as of September 2013.


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