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Select Group: Only 21 men have gone sub-4 and sub-2:10

September 25, 2016

2016 Olympic Marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge best / lowest Mile-marathon time; three Americans: Alan Culpepper, Ken Martin & Greg Meyer members of rare club; Meyer the first member

By Bring Back the Mile

With the fall marathon season in full swing, it is a good time to present a select group of talented runners who have broken 4 minutes for the Mile and 2 hours, 10 minutes for the marathon; a group so select that only 21 men are club members as of September 25, 2016. Rio Olympic Marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya has the best / lowest combined times: 2:06:55.40 (3:50.40 Mile and 2:03:05 marathon). Kenya has the most members with eight, and the United States has three men – Alan Culpepper (above right), Ken Martin and Greg Meyer – who have achieved this special milestone; Meyer was the first man in this exclusive club and owns the best / lowest U.S. combo (3:59.1 + 2:09:00 = 2:12:59.1). Below are the 20 sub-4 / sub-2:10 men by Mile personal record:

FIRST LAST CTZ MILE YEAR MARATHON YEAR
Leonard Muchero Maina KEN 3:49.75 2001 2:08:53 2011
Eliud Kipchoge KEN 3:50.40 2004 2:03:05 2016
Suleiman Simotwo KEN 3:50.82 2005 2:08:49 2015
Suleiman Nyambui TAN 3:51.94 1981 2:09:52 1989
Haile Gebrselassie ETH 3:52.39 1999 2:03:59 = WR 2008
Hailu Mekonnen ETH 3:53.40 2000 2:07:35 2011
Rod Dixon NZL 3:53.62 1975 2:08:59 1983
Josphat Kiprono Menjo KEN 3:53.62 2010 2:09:34 2013
Vincent Rousseau BEL 3:54.69 1985 2:07:20 1995
Alan Culpepper USA 3:55.12 1998 2:09:41 2002
Geoff Smith GBR 3:55.80 1981 2:09:08 1983
Nicholas Kemboi KEN 3:56.19 2011 2:08:01 2011
Kenenisa Bekele ETH 3:56.2i+ 2007 2:03:03 2016
Mo Farah GBR 3:56.49 2005 2:08:21 2014
Christoph Herle GER 3:57.52 1978 2:09:23 1985
Ken Martin USA 3:57.84 1981 2:09:38 1989
Robert Stefko SVK 3:58.20 1998 2:09:53 1998
Paul Tergat KEN 3:58.4+ 1996 2:04:55 = WR 2003
Shem Kororia KEN 3:58.8+ 1996 2:09:32 1999
Greg Meyer USA 3:59.1i 1978 2:09:00 1983
Mbarak Hussein KEN 3:59.66 1991 2:08:10 2004

+ = en route to longer race; i = indoors

SOURCE: Peter Larsson (SWE) and Bring Back the Mile

EDITOR'S NOTE: This article has been updated from the original September 2014 article with 20 sub-4 / sub-2:10 club members.

Tags: kenenisa bekele (1) , ken martin (1) , haile gebrselassie (1) , greg meyer (1) , eliud kipchoge (1) , bbtm news (219) , alan culpepper (1)

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