Albert Richard "Whitey" Michelsen (December 16, 1893[nb 1] – July 7, 1964) was an American long-distance runner who is recognized as having set a world's best in the marathon on October 12, 1925, with a time of 2:29:01 at the inaugural Port Chester Marathon in Port Chester, New York. According to the International Association of Athletics Federations, Michelsen held this record until Fusashige Suzuki posted a 2:27:49 performance in Tokyo, Japan on March 31, 1935.[nb 2] [nb 3]
- Martin and Gynn note Michelsen's date of birth as December 16, 1893, as do the Association of Road Racing Statisticians. Sports-reference.com notes his date of birth as August 5, 1893.
- According to the Association of Road Racing Statisticians, Fusashige Suzuki's 2:27:49 performance occurred in Tokyo on March 21, 1935, during a race in which he finished second to Sohn Kee-chung (sometimes referred to as Kee-Jung Sohn or Son Kitei) who ran a 2:26:14.
- In Japan, this marathon course was not recognized officially by Japan Association of Athletic Federations.
- Martin, David E.; Roger W. H. Gynn (May 2000). The Olympic Marathon. Human Kinetics Publishers. pp. 157, 468, 470. ISBN 978-0-88011-969-6.
- Profile at www.sports-reference.com
- "12th IAAF World Championships In Athletics: IAAF Statistics Handbook. Berlin 2009" (PDF). Monte Carlo: IAAF Media & Public Relations Department. 2009. pp. Page 565. Archived from the original (pdf) on June 29, 2011. Retrieved May 10, 2010.
- Tadayoshi Kamata (1988). 日章旗とマラソン [Japanese National flag and marathon] (in Japanese). Kodansya. pp. 24–26.
- "'Whitey' Michelsen First in Marathon Race At Portchester". The Hartford Courant. October 9, 1927.
- "Whitey Michelsen Is Marathon Race Victor In New York". The Hartford Courant. May 8, 1927.
- Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Whitey Michelsen". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC.
- Brief obituary in The Eugene Register-Guard
| Men's Marathon World Record Holder
October 12, 1925 – March 31, 1935*
(*see explanation in the Notes section)