Glad to see that the BAA is pursuing validation of the marathon record that was set on Monday. Marathon running is an outdoor sport subject to a variety of ambient conditions as well as course topography. On any given race day temperature, humidity, wet or dry, wind direction, and wind speed can affect the race performance. It is all part of the game, and to try to say that the fastest marathon ever run on April 18, 2011 does "not count" as a world record because of a tail wind or course topography is absurd.
It's like saying that Team X would have won over Team Y if the field had not been wet and muddy or if the wind had not had an affect on that last second field goal which would have won the game.
There are a lot of "ifs" that can always be concocted, but the fact and reality of it is that on April 18, 2011, the fastest marathon ever recorded as having been run was run on a course from Hopkinton to Boston.
Now, I suppose that there will be some within the International community who will try to come up with some formula related to course layout and other factors to use for integral calculus to devise a criteria for what should count as a world record.
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