Marathon year rankings

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The following table shows the yearly rankings in the marathon since 1921 (men) and 1980 (women), based on the best performance in the classic distance race of 42.195 km (26 miles 385 yards).

Unless otherwise noted, all data is complied from the Association of Road Racing Statisticians.[1]

Men's year rankings[edit]

Key:       Current world record

Year Time Athlete Date Place
1921 2:47:29.8  Florestano Benedetti (ITA) 1921-09-20 Bologna, Italy
1922 2:46:26  Gabriel Ruotsalainen (FIN) 1922-09-10 Helsinki, Finland
1923 2:40:47  Aksel Jensen (DEN) 1923-06-16 Windsor, England
1924 2:36:10  Shizo Kanaguri (JPN) 1924-04-12 Tokyo, Japan
1925 2:35:59  Sam Ferris (ENG) 1925-05-30 Windsor, England
1926 2:34:25  Iivari Rötkö (FIN) 1926-09-12 Helsinki, Finland
1927 2:35:21.4  Verner Laaksonen (FIN) 1927-09-11 Helsinki, Finland
1928 2:32:57  Boughera El Ouafi (FRA) 1928-08-05 Amsterdam, Netherlands
1929 2:30:57.6  Harry Payne (GBR) 1929-07-05 Stamford Bridge, England
1930 2:36:33  Fukutaro Shibui (JPN) 1930-05-28 Tokyo, Japan
1931 2:33:19  Juan Zabala (ARG) 1931-10-28 Košice, SVK
1932 2:31:31  Tnji Yahagi (JPN) 1932-04-30 Tokyo, Japan
1933 2:31:10  Kozo Kusunoki (JPN) 1933-11-03 Tokyo, Japan
1934 2:32:56  Tamao Shiaku (JPN) 1934-11-23 Osaka, Japan
1935 2:26:14  Sohn Kee-Jung (KOR) 1935-03-21 Tokyo, Japan
1936 2:28:32  Sohn Kee-Jung (KOR) 1936-04-18 Tokyo, Japan
1937 2:30:38  Manuel Dias (POR) 1937-03-28 Lisbon, Portugal
1938 2:30:27.6  Pat Dengis (USA) 1938-05-30 Salisbury, Massachusetts, USA
1939 2:31:26  Toyu Ko (KOR) 1939-11-03 Tokyo, Japan
1940 2:33:42  Shoichiro Takenaka (JPN) 1940-11-01 Tokyo, Japan
1941 2:31:27  Les Pawson (USA) 1941-05-30 Salisbury, Massachusetts, USA
1942 2:31:38  Zaiten Kimoto (JPN) 1942-11-02 Tokyo, Japan
1943 2:38:35.3  Gérard Côté (CAN) 1943-11-07 Yonkers, New York, USA
1944 2:40:48.6  Charles Robbins (USA) 1944-11-12 Yonkers, New York, USA
1945 2:36:37.6  Sven Hakansson (SWE) 1945-10-28 Gothenburg, Sweden
1946 2:31:37  Mikko Hietanen (FIN) 1946-07-11 Imatra, Finland
1947 2:30:58  Mikko Hietanen (FIN) 1947-08-23 Loughborough, England
1948 2:31:02  Mikko Hietanen (FIN) 1948-09-07 Stockholm, Sweden
1949 2:28:39.4  Salomon Könönen (FIN) 1949-10-02 Turku, Finland
1950 2:29:09.4  Fedosiy Vanin (URS) 1950-07-12 Moscow, Russia
1951 2:28:07.4  Veikko Karvonen (FIN) 1951-08-03 Tampere, Finland
1952 2:20:42.2  Jim Peters (ENG) 1952-06-14 Windsor, England
1953 2:18:34.8  Jim Peters (ENG) 1953-10-04 Turku, Finland
1954 2:17:39.4  Jim Peters (ENG) 1954-06-26 Chiswick, England
1955 2:21:21.6  Veikko Karvonen (FIN) 1955-09-04 Copenhagen, Denmark
1956 2:18:04.8  Paavo Kotila (FIN) 1956-08-12 Pieksämäki, Finland
1957 2:19:50  Sergei Popov (URS) 1957-09-01 Moscow, Russia
1958 2:15:17.6  Sergei Popov (URS) 1958-08-24 Stockholm, Sweden
1959 2:17:45.2  Sergei Popov (URS) 1959-11-11 Košice, Slovakia
1960 2:15:16.2  Abebe Bikila (ETH) 1960-09-10 Rome, Italy
1961 2:18:54  Takayuki Nakao (JPN) 1961-03-21 Nagoya, Japan
1962 2:16:09.6  Yu Mang-Hyang (PRK) 1962-10-24 Pyongyang, North Korea
1963 2:14:28  Leonard Edelen (USA) 1963-06-15 Chiswick, England
1964 2:12:11.2  Abebe Bikila (ETH) 1964-10-21 Tokyo, Japan
1965 2:12:00  Morio Shigematsu (JPN) 1965-06-12 Chiswick, England
1966 2:14:04.8  Michael Ryan (NZL) 1966-11-27 Fukuoka, Japan
1967 2:09:36.4  Derek Clayton (AUS) 1967-12-03 Fukuoka, Japan
1968 2:10:47.8  Bill Adcocks (ENG) 1968-12-08 Fukuoka, Japan
1969 2:08:33.6  Derek Clayton (AUS) 1969-05-30 Antwerp, Belgium
1970 2:09:28.8  Ron Hill (ENG) 1970-07-23 Edinburgh, Scotland
1971 2:11:08.8  Derek Clayton (AUS) 1971-09-25 Hobart, Australia
1972 2:10:30  Frank Shorter (USA) 1972-12-03 Fukuoka, Japan
1973 2:11:12.6  John Farrington (AUS) 1973-07-14 Sydney, Australia
1974 2:09:12.0  Ian Thompson (ENG) 1974-01-31 Christchurch, New Zealand
1975 2:09:56  Bill Rodgers (USA) 1975-04-21 Boston, USA
1976 2:09:55.0  Waldemar Cierpinski (GDR) 1976-07-31 Montreal, Canada
1977 2:10:55.3  Bill Rodgers (USA) 1977-12-04 Fukuoka, Japan
1978 2:09:05.6  Shigeru So (JPN) 1978-02-05 Beppu, Japan
1979 2:09:28  Bill Rodgers (USA) 1979-04-16 Boston, USA
1980 2:09:01  Gerard Nijboer (NED) 1980-04-26 Amsterdam, Netherlands
1981 2:08:18  Robert de Castella (AUS) 1981-12-06 Fukuoka, Japan
1982 2:08:52  Alberto Salazar (USA) 1982-04-19 Boston, USA
1983 2:08:37  Robert de Castella (AUS) 1983-04-09 Rotterdam, Netherlands
1984 2:08:05  Steve Jones (WAL) 1984-10-21 Chicago, USA
1985 2:07:12  Carlos Lopes (POR) 1985-04-20 Rotterdam, Netherlands
1986 2:07:51  Robert de Castella (AUS) 1986-04-21 Boston, USA
1987 2:08:18  Takeyuki Nakayama (JPN) 1987-12-06 Fukuoka, Japan
1988 2:06:50  Belayneh Dinsamo (ETH) 1988-04-17 Rotterdam, Netherlands
1989 2:08:01  Juma Ikangaa (TAN) 1989-11-05 New York, USA
1990 2:08:16  Steve Moneghetti (AUS) 1990-09-30 Berlin, Germany
1991 2:08:53  Koichi Morishita (JPN) 1991-02-03 Beppu, Japan
1992 2:08:07  David Tsebe (RSA) 1992-09-27 Berlin, Germany
1993 2:08:51  Dionicio Ceron (MEX) 1993-12-05 Fukuoka, Japan
1994 2:07:15  Cosmas Ndeti (KEN) 1994-04-18 Boston, USA
1995 2:07:02  Sammy Lelei (KEN) 1995-09-24 Berlin, Germany
1996 2:08:25  Martín Fiz (ESP) 1996-03-24 Kyong-Ju, South Korea
1997 2:07:10  Khalid Khannouchi (MAR) 1997-10-19 Chicago, USA
1998 2:06:05  Ronaldo da Costa (BRA) 1998-09-20 Berlin, Germany
1999 2:05:42  Khalid Khannouchi (MAR) 1999-10-24 Chicago, USA
2000 2:06:36  António Pinto (POR) 2000-04-16 London, UK
2001 2:06:50  Josephat Kiprono (KEN) 2001-04-22 Rotterdam, Netherlands
2002 2:05:37.8  Khalid Khannouchi (USA) 2002-04-14 London, UK
2003 2:04:55  Paul Tergat (KEN) 2003-09-28 Berlin, Germany
2004 2:06:16  Evans Rutto (KEN) 2004-10-10 Chicago, USA
2005 2:06:19.5  Haile Gebrselassie (ETH) 2005-10-16 Amsterdam, Netherlands
2006 2:05:56  Haile Gebrselassie (ETH) 2006-09-24 Berlin, Germany
2007 2:04:26  Haile Gebrselassie (ETH) 2007-09-30 Berlin, Germany
2008 2:03:58.2  Haile Gebrselassie (ETH) 2008-09-28 Berlin, Germany
2009 2:04:26.3  Duncan Kibet (KEN) 2009-04-05 Rotterdam, Netherlands
2010 2:04:48  Patrick Makau Musyoki (KEN) 2010-04-11 Rotterdam, Netherlands
2011 2:03:38  Patrick Makau Musyoki (KEN) 2011-09-11 Berlin, Germany
2012 2:04:15  Geoffrey Mutai (KEN) 2012-09-09 Berlin, Germany
2013 2:03:23  Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich (KEN) 2013-09-28 Berlin, Germany

Women's year rankings[edit]

Key:       Current world record

Year Time Athlete Date Place
1980 2:30:27  Joyce Smith (ENG) 1980-11-16 Tokyo, Japan
1981 2:26:47  Allison Roe (NZL) 1981-04-20 Boston, USA
1982 2:26:12  Joan Benoit (USA) 1982-09-12 Eugene, USA
1983 2:22:43  Joan Benoit (USA) 1983-04-18 Boston, USA
1984 2:24:26  Ingrid Kristiansen (NOR) 1984-05-13 London, UK
1985 2:21:06  Ingrid Kristiansen (NOR) 1985-04-21 London, UK
1986 2:24:54  Grete Waitz (NOR) 1987-04-20 London, UK
1987 2:22:48  Ingrid Kristiansen (NOR) 1987-05-10 London, UK
1988 2:23:51  Lisa Ondieki (AUS) 1988-01-31 Osaka, Japan
1989 2:24:33  Ingrid Kristiansen (NOR) 1989-04-17 Boston, USA
1990 2:25:24  Rosa Mota (POR) 1990-04-16 Boston, USA
1991 2:24:18  Wanda Panfil (POL) 1991-04-15 Boston, USA
1992 2:23:43  Olga Markova (RUS) 1992-04-20 Boston, USA
1993 2:24:07  Wang Junxia (CHN) 1993-04-04 Tianjin, PR China
1994 2:21:45  Uta Pippig (GER) 1994-04-18 Boston, USA
1995 2:25:11  Uta Pippig (GER) 1995-04-17 Boston, USA
1996 2:26:04  Katrin Dörre (GER) 1996-01-28 Osaka, Japan
1997 2:22:07  Tegla Loroupe (KEN) 1997-04-20 Rotterdam, Netherlands
1998 2:20:47  Tegla Loroupe (KEN) 1998-04-19 Rotterdam, Netherlands
1999 2:20:43  Tegla Loroupe (KEN) 1999-09-26 Berlin, Germany
2000 2:21:33  Catherine Ndereba (KEN) 2000-10-22 Chicago, USA
2001 2:18:47  Catherine Ndereba (KEN) 2001-10-07 Chicago, USA
2002 2:17:17.7  Paula Radcliffe (ENG) 2002-10-13 Chicago, USA
2003 2:15:24.6  Paula Radcliffe (ENG) 2003-04-13 London, UK
2004 2:19:41  Yoko Shibui (JPN) 2004-09-26 Berlin, Germany
2005 2:17:42  Paula Radcliffe (ENG) 2005-04-17 London, UK
2006 2:19:36  Deena Kastor (USA) 2006-04-23 London, UK
2007 2:20:38  Zhou Chunxiu (CHN) 2007-04-22 London, UK
2008 2:19:19  Irina Mikitenko (GER) 2008-09-28 Berlin, Germany
2009 2:22:11  Irina Mikitenko (GER) 2009-04-26 London, UK
2010 2:20:25  Liliya Shobukhova (RUS) 2010-10-10 Chicago, USA
2011 2:18:20  Liliya Shobukhova (RUS) 2011-10-09 Chicago, USA
2012 2:18:37  Mary Keitany (KEN) 2012-04-22 London, UK
2013 2:19:57  Rita Jeptoo Sitienei (KEN) 2013-10-15 Chicago, USA

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