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ToughASIA Uses AI to Predict the Next Marathon World-Record Holder

So, our team at ToughASIA had some free time (thank you, COVID-19!) on our hands and suddenly a thought struck, “why don’t we let our artificial intelligence (AI) system solve the world’s toughest question and see if we could break it!”

And we did (almost break the system), as we asked the almighty AI to predict the next marathon world record holder.

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Here’s the full (non-edited) digital transcript produced by the AI:

Even though he is still in top form, the man who holds the marathon world record of 2 hours, 5 minutes and 35 seconds, yearns to make up for a missed world record with a fast run and an impressive victory. [Sources: 4]

Bekele is likely to hit his best form in the marathon in April if he is to run the same time as Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge, who holds the world record of 2 hours, 5 minutes and 35 seconds. The reigning Olympic champion was also the first runner to complete the marathon in under 2: 30: 00 hours, setting an unofficial time of 1: 59: 40. World record holder Eliad Kipsang will set the fastest marathon time in U.S. history and world records at the London Marathon in April. [Sources: 0, 4]

Ethiopian Bekele, 37, will be the fastest marathon runner in U.S. history and the world record holder at the London Marathon in April. [Sources: 0]

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Bekele, 37, the world record holder in US running history, has completed his third successive marathon and says he is looking forward to facing the Titans at the London Marathon in April. He called it “a battle the world has been waiting for to see head to head,” but the whistle went. [Sources: 0, 6]

Kipchoge, who last October became the first man to run a marathon under two hours, has held the marathon world record since his time of two and a half hours and two minutes and 44 seconds at the 2018 Berlin Marathon. Kenenisa Bekele only missed out on his third successive marathon world record by two seconds on Sunday. The former marathon world record holder remains confident he will win in London on April 26 and win his second consecutive marathon title. [Sources: 5, 6]

But after his time of two and a half hours and two minutes and 44 seconds in Berlin, he is confident of setting a third successive marathon world record at the London Marathon in two years. [Sources: 5]

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With his 2: 01: 39, which he ran here in Berlin last year, he is only behind the two-time world record holder Michael Kipsang. He won the 2012 London Marathon in 2: 03: 03, just over a minute and a half above the previous record of 2 minutes and 44 seconds. [Sources: 5]

Third place went to Sisay Lemma, who ended Ethiopia’s winning streak with a personal best of 2: 03: 36. He was also second behind Welshman Steve Jones, who ran his best marathon time in 2: 03: 43, and third behind two-time world record holder Michael Kipsang. Last year, he finished second in the Boston Marathon, making him the third fastest marathon runner in history. [Sources: 5]

At the finish line, he was greeted by his mentor and training partner Eliud Kipchoge, who completed his first sub-2 hour marathon last month, a feat he achieved in these conditions. He was the 10th multiple winner in New York, but did not qualify for the record books. His pace was strictly controlled with a time of 2: 03: 43, the fastest marathon time in the history of the race. [Sources: 7]

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The initial reaction to Kipchoge’s performance was euphoric, especially in his native Kenya. He was followed by the former New Yorker, who had recently returned to Ethiopia to train at altitude. [Sources: 1, 7]

When he set the official world record in Berlin last year, shaving 78 seconds off his previous personal best was the biggest step forward in half a century. The 34-year-old is regarded as the greatest marathon runner of all time with 12 distance races, including a gold medal at the 2016 Olympics. [Sources: 1]

As inspiring as the Master’s recent performance was, it will not appear in the official record books. Vaporflys have been at the feet of elite marathon runners for so long that events like this have completely rewritten the record book of the event in a short space of time. [Sources: 1]

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However, the Ethiopian, who ran the second fastest marathon time in history in Berlin in September, said Farah remains favourite to win a 10,000m medal at the Tokyo Olympics. The 25-year-old Kenyan, who also wears Nike shoes, set a new women’s world record in a time of two hours and seven minutes, just minutes ahead of Kipchoge, who broke the two-hour mark. [Sources: 1, 3]

I’ve focused on before, But I’m confident I’ll get a medal in the 10,000 and that will be my medal at the Tokyo Olympics. [Sources: 3]

It’s hard to make a decision when you’re unbeaten for seven years, but you get that. Forget that the 35-year-old has not yet broken the two-hour marathon mark – a feat no man has ever achieved – and holds a 26.2-mile world record of 2: 05: 00. Bekele still holds the world records for 10,000m and marathon from 2004 and 2005 respectively and insists he can maintain Kipchoge’s marathon best performance at the age of 37. [Sources: 2, 3]

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[0]: https://www.bbc.com/sport/athletics/51107844

[1]: https://www.economist.com/game-theory/2019/10/13/eliud-kipchoges-historic-sub-two-hour-marathon-will-carry-an-asterisk

[2]: https://www.olympicchannel.com/en/stories/features/detail/eliud-kipchoge-marathon-olympics-world-record/

[3]: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2020/jan/17/kenenisa-bekele-london-marathon-eliud-kipchoge

[4]: https://www.olympicchannel.com/en/stories/features/detail/kenenisa-bekele-london-2-hour-marathon-plans-kipchoge/

[5]: https://www.watchathletics.com/article/10947/kenenisa-bekele-almost-breaks-world-marathon-record-with-2-01-41-at-berlin-marathon/

[6]: https://www.nation.co.ke/dailynation/sports/athletics/gebrselassie-why-i-just-can-t-wait-for-bekele-vs-kipchoge-duel-248958

[7]: https://www.wqad.com/article/news/bix-7-winner-jepkosgei-wins-nyc-in-1st-marathon-kamworor-takes-mens/526-ca68370f-7085-4a03-8a2d-75708d81c1f3

*End of Digital Transcript*

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While the AI might have provided some “interesting” and yet incorrect insights, our team at ToughASIA has actually relied on various AI tools and software in the past year to bring you the latest sporting news globally.

However, our articles are still thoroughly filtered and edited before they are published to ensure that only the highest quality news is presented.

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We thank you once again for your support over the years and look forward to seeing you at the first post-COVID race.

Team ToughASIA

The above transcript is generated by AI does not in any way represent the opinions by ToughASIA

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