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Why was the marathon World Record not 2:03:02 in 2011?

Because Dennis Kimetto ran 2:02:57 in Berlin on September 28, 2014.
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What happens when two athletes fall down in a 100m dash?

According to IAAF competition rules art 163: Lane Infringement (a) in all races run in lanes, each athlete shall keep within his allocated lane from start to finish. this shall also apply to any ...
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Why was USA disqualified from the 4x100 men's relay final in the Rio Olympics?

4x100m relay are composed by 4 runners that run approximately 100m each. To avoid that a faster athlete run a longer section are imposed limits for the passage of the baton. In the image below you ...
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Is it true that a sprinter ran the 100m in 21.73 seconds in a World Championship?

Yes, the story is true. Here is a video showing the race (at timecode 5:51). As you can see, Kim Collins (at lane 7: it is him indeed, cf. the IAAF official results, heat #5) makes a normal start, but ...
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Why 110-hurdles for men and 100-hurdles for women?

TL;DR: 110 m was set for historical reasons and women had the distance set to 100 m to both use metric units and keep consistency with the number of hurdles run by men (10). 110 metres hurdles in ...
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Is the 4-minute mile still the "highest" standard?

for men, the mile world record has been 3:43.13 by Hicham El Guerrouj since 1999, and a little more than 1,500 athletes have broken the 4-minute barrier over 6,000 times since then. that number ...
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Effects of altitude on athletic performance

As outlined in Tim Noakes book "Lore of Runnning".(1) Performance in races of 60 to 200 m is always superior at altitude, with the benefit improving with increasing altitude. Performance in ...
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Unexpected increase in running ability

As an adolescent, your body is growing and developing into an adult, becoming stronger and faster. Just about every 13 year old is able to run faster than he could when he was 12. For each person, ...
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What is the simplest way to transfer data between online running logs?

Note that I've changed this answer several times, to keep up with current status. TLDR: Use Smashrun, then Tapiriik In the previous months/years Nike has been changing the way it provides data; ...
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Finished first Marathon training. Now what?

Hal Higdon has a ton of training plans. Here's his one for multiple marathons. http://www.halhigdon.com/training/51153/Marathon-Multiple-Marathons-Training-Program The specific answers to your ...
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Why was Eliud Kipchoge's time from Nike's Breaking2 not a world record?

The fundamental reason for Kipchoge's time not "counting" as a record is the nature of the Breaking2 project. Speculation about the possibility of a sub-2-hour marathon in the past focused on the ...
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Most runners under 10s in a single 100m race?

I went through the IAAF site and checked the list of senior outdoor results on 100 metres men over years from 2001 until 2018 (for example, see the results from 2016). Considering those, I checked ...
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What is the simplest way to transfer data between online running logs?

The Android app SyncMyTracks can import and export from and to Nike+, Strava, RunKeeper, Endomondo, Garmin Connect and other services. I've been using it for a few months, and it works great!
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What is the weight difference between ASICS GEL-KAYANO 20 and ASICS GEL-KAYANO 20 LITE-SHOW?

The Lite-Show is not a more lightweight version of the Kayano 20, it's a glow-in-the-dark / more-reflective version of the Kayano 20. (Source - I'm sitting next to a warehouse with both versions of ...
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Why was Canada's Mens 4x100 relay team DQed in the London Olympics?

Olympic track races are covered by the rules of the IAAF. You can download a PDF from the rules page. That PDF says, on page 159, Lane Infringement (a) In all races run in lanes, each ...
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Why don't all sprinters shave their heads clean?

I'll assume you that you have competitive swimming in mind when thought of this. The main difference between swimming and sprinting is that a swimmer's body is mostly horizontal throughout the race ...
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How to keep accelerating in 100m race?

The rate of change of acceleration is the differential of the acceleration function (the secondary acceleration). This is a fairly subtle concept, but important to understanding how your body ...
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Fueling strategy while running a marathon in warm weather

There are many factors that cut your marathon short. Firstly, the heat dissipation is better in a shorter runner than in a tall runner (the area-volume ratio larger to transfer heat if shorter). ...
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Finished first Marathon training. Now what?

What I have found, personally is that if your marathon does not go as well as planned, you can treat it as one more long training run and then taper again for another marathon in a couple of weeks. ...
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How do you master the hang technique?

I spent two years trying to perfect the hang technique in high school and I was an utter failure. I was fast and tall so was sent to do the long jump, but ended up being a little too big to make this ...
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What is the record for greatest number of athletes with the same finish time in one event?

I looked for recorded instances of the same finishing time by more than 3 runners, and couldn't find any. As was mentioned in the comments, the race you referenced in your question was reported to 0....
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100m sprint: is there evidence for some lanes being better than others?

The only practical preference for lane assignment in the 100m sprint is for a matter that's no longer the case at the Olympic games and many other large competitions. In 2008, research was published ...
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Leaning at the end of a running race?

Leaning at the end is called a "dip" and it's part of the finishing technique. Those who do it well place higher than those who don't. An article provides videos of races won and lost in the last 10 ...
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What are the marathons with the largest number of participants?

The largest marathons by continent, as of 2016, are: North America: New York City Europe: Paris Asia: Tokyo International Africa: Soweto South America: Buenos Aires Australia: Melbourne (Source: ...
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Is is feasible to walk/run an average of 90,000 steps a day?

In effect, the people at the top of this list are saying that they walk an equivalent of 50 miles a day or so, every day. Finding myself skeptical, I've done a bit of research. A world-class race ...
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Why are pace-setters allowed to go ahead with the race?

The main reason to hire pacemakers is to get a very good winning time. Preferably, a world record. In races without pacemakers, such as Olympic Games or world championships, athletes tend to race ...
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Send MapMyRun data to Runkeeper

I found this - https://www.fitnesssyncer.com/ It worked great, did all my runs separately including all the data and routes!
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What is the simplest way to transfer data between online running logs?

The (free) online app called Tapiriik provides a great way to sync between many applications. Including endomondo, strave, runkeeper, dropbox, garmin, ride with gps, motivato, and many others.
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