Tommy Hughes of Maghera, Ireland, who finished 72nd in the 1992 Olympic marathon in Barcelona in 2:32:55 and is still running 2:30 marathons at age 59, together with his son Eoin Hughes, broke the world Guinness World Record for fastest marathon by a father and son at today’s Frankfurt Marathon. Tommy ran a blazing 2:27:52 and Eoin ran 2:31:30 for a combined time of 4:59:22, two minutes and 50 seconds better than the previous record of 5:02:12, set in 2015 by Graham and Ben Green. (Results are unofficial.)
“The world masters in is Canada next year and we hope to go there, as I also turn 35 in January and my dad will smash all over 60 world records,” Eoin told us by email today. The two made an attempt at the Guinness World Record for the fastest half-marathon by a father and son at the Belfast Half-Marathon on September 22, but came up 20 seconds short of the combined 2:20:33 goal, despite Eoin finishing second overall in 1:08:30. At that point they said they planned to up the ante by trying for the full marathon record today in Frankfurt.
Tommy ran a 32-second negative split today, finishing the first half in 1:14:12 and the second half in 1:13:40.
In April, Tommy ran the Rotterdam Marathon in a single-age world record of 2:30:15.
The winning time at Frankfurt today, by Ethiopia’s Fikre Bekele, was 2:07:08. Dawit Arega of Ethiopia finished second, in 2:07:10 and Aweke Ayalew Yimer of Bahrain took third place, in 2:07:12. The women’s race was won by Valary Jemeli of Kenya in 2:19:10, with Megertu Alemu of Ethiopia in second (2:21:10) and Meskerem Assefa of Ethiopia in third, in 2:22:11.
Fikre Tefera of Ethiopia is the winner of the Mainova Frankfurt Marathon. In a fascinating finish he clocked 2:07:08. Fellow-Ethiopian Dawit Wolde takes second in 2:07:10, Aweke Ayalew (Bahrain) is third in 2:07:12. pic.twitter.com/6awRGc8pAP
— Frankfurt Marathon (@ffm_marathon) October 27, 2019
Fun fact: father and son both wore the pink Nike Vaporfly NEXT% shoes.
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