Patrick Makau Musyoki
Patrick Makau setting the previous World Record at the Berlin Marathon 2011
|Born||2 March 1985|
|Club||Kenya national athletics team|
Patrick Makau Musyoki (born 2 March 1985 in Manyanzwani, Eastern Province) is a runner from Kenya. He is the former world record holder in the marathon with a time of 2:03:38, set at the 2011 Berlin Marathon. He is also notable for his half marathon performances, having won a number of prominent competitions in Europe in sub-1-hour performances.
Makau attended Unyuani School until 1999, after which he joined Kyeni Academy, Misiani. He started running in 2001. He competed at the 2006 IAAF World Road Running Championships and finished in 26th place.
He finished second at the 2007 Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon by running 59:13 minutes, being beaten only by Samuel Wanjiru who set the world record (58:53) at the same race. He won silver at the 2007 IAAF World Road Running Championships and 2008 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships. He was also part of the Kenyan team that won the team race both times.
He won at the City-Pier-City Loop in 2008. Makau won the 2009 Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon setting the second best ever half marathon time 58:52. The world record at the time, 58:33, was held by Samuel Wanjiru. He made his marathon debut at the 2009 Rotterdam Marathon, finishing fourth and setting a fast time (2:06:14 hours), short of the fastest marathon debut, set by Evans Rutto at the 2003 Chicago Marathon (2:05:50 hours).
Makau returned to the Hague for the City-Pier-City Loop in 2010 and won for a second time, clocking another sub-one hour time of 59:52. After this he significantly improved his marathon best to 2:04:48 to win the Rotterdam Marathon, becoming the fourth fastest runner over the history of the distance. He opted to stay away from the circuit and focus himself entirely on preparations for the Berlin Marathon. A rematch with Rotterdam runner-up Geoffrey Mutai saw the two take the same positions again. Rain dampened the prospect of a record but Makau out-sprinted Mutai at the finish to clock 2:05:08 and win his first World Marathon Major. In recognition of his performances that year, he was selected as the AIMS World Athlete of the Year in a poll of race organisers.
At the Berlin Marathon on 25 September 2011, Makau was set to duel against Haile Gebrselassie, the world record holder from Ethiopia. The Kenyan dropped his more experienced rival after the halfway point and went on to finish in a world record time of 2:03:38 (an average pace of 4:42.9 per mile), beating the existing record by 21 seconds. Prior to the race, he stated that he wanted to bring the marathon world record back to Kenya, following on from a former record holder Paul Tergat. Speaking after the race, Makau said "In the morning my body was not good but after I started the race, it started reacting very well. I started thinking about the record" and "At 32 km I thought I could win the race and even break the world record. It was hard [over] the last 10 kilometres". His world record performance remained for 2 years before falling to fellow Kenyan, Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich, at the 2013 Berlin Marathon, when the record was lowered another 15 seconds to the current world record time of 2:03:23. During Kipsang's marathon, he failed to achieve Musyoki's split at 30,000 metres, so Musyoki continues to hold the world record for that distance.
He was the pre-race favourite for the Granollers Half Marathon in February, but lost in a sprint finish to Carles Castillejo under cold weather conditions. He ran at the 2012 London Marathon but dropped out mid-race due to injury and was not selected for the Olympic team. He entered the Great Manchester Run in May and came fifth in a time of 28:21 minutes. In the Frankfurt Marathon in October, despite feeling uncomfortable and running most of the time at the back of the leading group, Makau managed to take back the lead from Deressa Chimsa and holding on for the victory, with a time of 2:06:08.
Makau raced in the 2013 London Marathon. He showed to be in poor form, having been outside the lead pack already by the first time point at 5km, falling farther and farther behind with every time point until 40km. By halfway, he was nearly 3 minutes behind the leaders, but he slowed further and eventually finished the race in 2:14:10, outside the top 10, more than 8 minutes back from the winner, and more than 10 minutes back from his own world record.
Road race wins
- All results regarding marathon and half marathon
|Track||3000 m||7:54.50||Pliezhausen, Germany||13 May 2007|
|10 km||27:27||Berlin, Germany||1 April 2007|
|15 km||41:30||Ras Al Khaimah, UAE||20 February 2009|
|20 km||56:13||Udine, Italy||14 October 2007|
|Half marathon||58:52||Ras Al Khaimah, UAE||20 February 2009|
|25 km||1:13:18||Berlin, Germany||25 September 2011|
|30 km||1:27:38||Berlin, Germany||25 September 2011|
|Marathon||2:03:38||Berlin, Germany||25 September 2011|
- All information taken from IAAF profile, including the 2011 marathon record
- "Athletics-Kenyan Makau breaks world marathon mark". Reuters. Retrieved 25 September 2011.
- "IAAF Focus on Athletes". Iaaf.org. Retrieved 25 September 2011.
- IAAF, 20 February 2009: Makau produces second fastest time ever, Tune clocks national record at RAK Half Marathon – updated
- IAAF, 5 April 2009: Kibet edges Kwambai as both clock 2:04:27 – Rotterdam Marathon report
- Time-to-run, 10 October 2004: Evans Rutto takes title in 2:06:16
- van Hemert, Wim (15 March 2010). Makau and Wangui win again in The Hague. IAAF. Retrieved on 15 March 2010.
- van Hemert, Wim (11 April 2010). Makau storms 2:04:48 in Rotterdam. IAAF. Retrieved on 11 April 2010.
- Butcher, Pat (24 September 2010). Kenyan cooperation should lead to fast men's marathon "sprint" in Berlin. IAAF. Retrieved on 26 September 2010.
- Butcher, Pat (26 September 2010). Makau and Kebede triumph in rainy Berlin. IAAF. Retrieved on 26 September 2010.
- Makau named AIMS athlete of year. AIMS/IAAF (21 May 2011). Retrieved on 27 May 2011.
- Brown, Matthew (17 April 2011). Mutai and Keitany dominate and dazzle in London. IAAF. Retrieved on 24 April 2011.
- "Makau stuns with 2:03:38 Marathon World record in Berlin!". IAAF. 25 September 2011. Retrieved 25 September 2011.
- Ronay, Barney (25 September 2011). "Kenya's Patrick Makau breaks marathon world record in Berlin". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 September 2011.
- Mehaffey, John (25 September 2011). "Makau dethrones king of the roads". Reuters. Retrieved 25 September 2011.
- Valiente, Emeterio (2012-02-06). Castillejo upsets Makau at Granollers Half Marathon - Spanish weekend round-up. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-02-12.
- Makau to face Gebrselassie in Manchester. IAAF (2012-05-08). Retrieved on 2012-05-22.
- Wenig, Joerg (2012-05-20). Gebrselassie takes another strong 10k victory in Manchester. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-05-22.
- Patience pays for Makau in Frankfurt, debut win for Melkamu. IAAF (2012-10-28). Retrieved on 2012-10-28.
- "Musyoki Patrick Makau's Biography". IAAF. Retrieved 27 September 2011.
|Men's Marathon World Record Holder
25 September 2011 – 29 September 2013
Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich
|Men's Half Marathon Best Year Performance
|Kenyan Sportsman of the Year