Great moment from my victory in Fukuoka Marathon yesterday in a new European Record time of 2:05:48. One of just a few days in one's career where everything works perfect. Thanks to all of you who supports my journey to reach my goals and gives me the opportunity to live the dream. This is my passion. So grateful. #spons #fukuokamarathon #japan #nike #justdoit # #vaporfly4 #skvidar #norskfriidrett @nikerunning 📷 Helmut Winter
Norway’s Sondre Nordstad Moen improved the standard for men’s marathon running in Europe by lowering the continental record to 2:05:48.
The 26-year-old became the first European to break 2:06 in the marathon on Sunday at the Fukuoka International Open Marathon Championship. He negative split – running the second half of a race faster than the first – the marathon, covering the first 21.1K in 63:19 followed by 62:29 for the second half. Notably, his 5K splits between 30-35K and 35-40K were 14:37 and 14:38, respectively, or 2:03:21 pace.
“One of just a few days in one’s career where everything works perfect,” he wrote on Instagram.
Unbelievable! Norway’s @sondrenmoen wins the Fukuoka Marathon, clocking a European record of 2:05:48 at the @iaaf_athletics Gold Label road race. Beating – amongst others – @bedankaroki, @suguru_osako and @stephen.kiprotich, the Norwegian managed to keep an average pace of 2:59 😳🇳🇴 _ #foreverfaster #breakingrecords #win
Moen won the Japanese marathon over 2012 Olympic champion and 2013 world champion Stephen Kiprotich (2:07:10) and Suguru Osako (2:07:19), who trains with the Nike Oregon Project. Fukuoka was Osako’s second marathon after debutting in Boston in April.
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The 2016 Olympian, who finished 19th in the marathon in Rio, competed at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in the summer and did not advance out of the 5,000m heats, racing in the same section as Canadian Mohammed Ahmed. After the August championships, Moen ripped a 59:48 half-marathon in Valencia, Spain in October.
“I was confident that I could run 2:07, and on a good day perhaps even 2:06, but I did not expect 2:05,” he told the IAAF. According to LetsRun.com, Moen’s time is the fastest-ever by a runner born outside of Africa on a record-eligible course. (Boston, where American Ryan Hall ran 2:04:58, is not record-eligible.)
🏆優 勝 モーエン 2:05.48！ pic.twitter.com/lpzMUYHfhu
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Turkey’s Kaan Kigen Ozbilen, according to the IAAF, previously held the European men’s marathon record of 2:06:10, set in 2016. Brazil’s Ronaldo da Costa held the fastest marathon time by a runner born outside of Africa until Moen’s performance at 2:06:05.
“I am not sure if people back in Norway realize how good a 2:05 marathon is,” Moen says.