The marathon is a long-distance race with an official distance of 42.195 kilometres, usually run as a road race. The event was instituted in commemoration of the fabled run of the Greek soldier Pheidippides, a messenger from the Battle of Marathon to Athens, who reported the victory. The marathon can be completed by running or with a run/walk strategy.
Marathon running requires a large variety of skills and determination, not everyone can finish running such a long distance without years of serious training. Let’s take a look at the top 10 greatest marathon runners (men and woman) in the world of all time…
1 Eliud Kipchoge (Kenya)
Eliud Kipchoge was born on November 5th, 1984. He is a Kenyan long-distance runner who competes in the marathon and the 5000 metres events. He won the Olympic marathon in 2016 and is the current marathon world record holder with a time of 2:01:39 hours. Kipchoge’s world record run at the 2018 Berlin Marathon broke the previous world record by 1 minute and 18 seconds. This has been the greatest improvement in a marathon world record time since 1967, which earns him the credit for being one of the best marathon runners in
2 Meseret Defar (Ethiopia)
Meseret Defar Tola was born on November 19th, 1983, she is an Ethiopian long-distance runner who competes mainly in the 3000 metres and 5000 metres events. She has won several Olympic medals and World Championship gold medals over 5000 metres. She broke the world record in 2006, broke it again in 2007, her fellow Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba beat her record in 2008.
3 Mo Farah ( UK)
Mohamed Muktar Jama Farah was born on March 23th, 1983 in Somalia, he is an English long distance runner. He has won the 2012 and 2016 Olympic gold medals in both the 5000 and 10,000 metres events.
4 Almaz Ayana (Ethiopia)
Almaz Ayana Eba was born on November 21th, 1991, she is an Ethiopian female long-distance runner who competes in the 3000 metres, 5000 metres, and 10,000 metres events.
She wins a gold medal in the 10,000 metres even at 2016 Summer Olympic in Rio de Janeiro, with a time of 29 minutes, 17 seconds and 45 milliseconds, which broke the record that was held for 23 years.
5 Meb Keflezighi (USA)
Mebrahtom “Meb” Keflezighi was born on May 5th, 1975, he is an Eritrean-born American long distance runner.
Even though Meb may not break his peak but he is still important to the whole sport field. He is the only athlete in history to win the New York City Marathon, the Boston Marathon and an Olympic medal. He now focuses himself on writing, speaking and coaching runners to their full potential.
6 Molly Huddle (USA)
Molly Huddle was born on August 31th, 1984 in New York, she is an American long-distance runner who competes in track and cross country running events. She became an all-American 10 times in track and field, and broke the American 10,000 meter record in the 2016 Olympics.
7 Galen Rupp (USA)
Galen Rupp is an American long-distance runner. He competed in the Summer Olympics in 2008 in Beijing, 2012 in London, and 2016 in Rio de Janeiro. He won a silver medal in London and a bronze medal in Rio de Janeiro.
8 Jemima Jelagat (Kenya)
Jemima Jelagat Sumgong was born on December 21st, 1984, she is a Kenyan long-distance runner who competes in marathon races, who has won the London, Rotterdam and Las Vegas Marathons. She has a personal record of 2:20:48 hours for the distance.
9 Simon Gutierrez (USA)
Simon began was born on March 13rd, 1966. He started running and competing in 1980. He is versatile athlete as a three-time member of the USA National Cross Country team, an Olympic Trials qualifier in the marathon, and is a seven-time member of the USA National Mountain Team.
10 Jane Welzel (USA)
Jane Welzel was born on April 24th, 1955. She started running in 1975 at age 19, and soon became a fixture on the national road race scene. She finished five Olympic Marathon Trials and set her personal best of 2:33:01 in winning the 1992 Grandma’s Marathon. Unfortunately Jane passed away at age 59, after a brief battle with cancer.