A Select Group: Only 28 men have gone sub-4 and sub-2:10
Two-time Olympic Marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge best / lowest Mile-marathon time; five Americans: Martin Hehir, Galen Rupp, Alan Culpepper, Ken Martin & Greg Meyer members of rare club; Meyer the first member
By 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.
With the fall marathon season in full swing, it is a good time to present an exclusive group of runners, blessed with speed & endurance, who have broken two respected benchmarks: 4 minutes for the Mile and 2 hours, 10 minutes for the marathon; a group so select that only 28 men are club members. Two-time Olympic Marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya (above, credit: NN Running Team) has the best / lowest combined times: 2:04:59.40 (3:50.40 Mile and 2:01:09 marathon, current world record, Berlin 2022).
Kenya has the most members with nine, and the United States has five men – Martin Hehir, Galen Rupp, Alan Culpepper, Ken Martin and Greg Meyer – who have achieved this noteworthy milestone; in 1983, Meyer became the first member overall of this unique club. Rupp owns the best / lowest U.S. combo of 2:09:57.92 (3:50.92 and 2:06:07).
Below are the known 28 sub-4 / sub-2:10 men in fastest Mile PR order as of October 2, 2022:
|Eliud||Kipchoge (best)||KEN||3:50.40||2004||2:01:09 = WR||2022|
|Galen||Rupp (U.S. best)||USA||3:50.92i||2013||2:06:07||2018|
|Haile||Gebrselassie||ETH||3:52.39||1999||2:03:59 = WR||2008|
|Paul||Tergat||KEN||3:58.4+||1996||2:04:55 = WR||2003|
|Greg||Meyer (the first)||USA||3:59.1i||1978||2:09:00||1983|
+ = en route to longer race; i = indoors
SOURCE: Peter Larsson (SWE) and Bring Back the Mile
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