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Countries with the Fastest Marathoners

Name the countries with the most runners who have run a marathon in less than 2 hours and 10 minutes.
Through September 18, 2018
Last updated: September 24, 2018
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Best Time
Country
436
2:01:39
Kenya
174
2:03:03
Ethiopia
92
2:06:11
Japan
19
2:05:27
Morocco
17
2:04:58
United States
16
2:06:52
Spain
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Best Time
Country
16
2:06:21
United Kingdom
15
2:07:27
Eritrea
15
2:06:33
South Africa
12
2:07:22
Italy
12
2:08:01
Tanzania
10
2:07:19
Mexico
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level 57
Aug 18, 2016
More time, please
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level 59
Sep 22, 2016
Disagree - more time turns it into a speed-typing race. The test is knowing your athletics.
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level 71
Oct 23, 2017
Yet a marathon is a long-haul race... ;)
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level 82
Aug 23, 2016
For some reason this quiz made me feel bad, like I was profiling countries. Ah well.
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level 64
Nov 26, 2018
Well, I'll go there: Japan???
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level 58
Sep 22, 2016
Wow, that Kenya number is impressive.
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level 75
Sep 22, 2016
WOW is right. I knew before coming that Kenya and Ethiopia would dominate, but, by THAT much? Wow. Also, had no idea Japan had so many. I guess sumo wrestlers are faster than they look. They blow away 4th place but I had no idea.
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level 20
Feb 17, 2019
lol ha ha
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level 59
Sep 22, 2016
I know it's implied, but you should specify that it's the "men's" marathon times. Hope you can put together a women's quiz too.
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level 70
Sep 22, 2016
I don't see a reason to rename it as this quiz is inclusive of women who have run sub-2:10 marathon times.
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level 59
Sep 22, 2016
Excellent point, thanks
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level 55
Sep 22, 2016
Who would have ever guessed that Japan had that many successful marathoners? That is amazing.
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level 67
Sep 22, 2016
Huh, maybe I should run a marthon.
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level 64
Nov 2, 2017
Sure, why not?! It's easy! Step 1: Start running. There's no step 2. ;)
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level 63
Oct 1, 2018
There's step 3 and 4 and 5 and likely about 42.000 more :)
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level 57
Sep 22, 2016
Ironic to see Greece isn't up there given that it's named after a Greek city.
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level 75
Sep 22, 2016
yeah and the Greek guy who ran that first marathon died from the exertion.
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level 77
Nov 24, 2018
They learned their lesson early on ;)
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level 64
Nov 26, 2018
They made it a spectator sport to view other countries' misery after that.
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level 31
Nov 9, 2016
10/12
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level 46
Jan 2, 2017
Uganda?
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level 77
Nov 24, 2018
Kenya has more than the rest of the list combined. Ethiopia and Japan each have more than the next five countries on the list combined.
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level 66
Nov 26, 2018
And almost all their great runners are from the Kalenjin (and especially the Nandi) people. From Wikipedia: "Since the mid-1960s, Kenyan men have earned the largest share of major honours in international athletics (track and field) at distances from 800 meters to the marathon; the vast majority of these Kenyan running stars have been Kalenjin. From 1980 on, about 40% of the top honours available to men in international athletics at these distances (Olympic medals, World Championships medals, and World Cross Country Championships honours) have been earned by Kalenjin."
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level 54
Nov 26, 2018
To me, Kenya, Ethiopia and Tanzania were the obvious ones.
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level 57
Nov 27, 2018
I think you got it wrong with South Africa. 2:06:33 is Stephen Kiprotich's time in London Olympics Marathon. He is Ugandan.
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level 52
Nov 27, 2018
Missing France : 2 h 6 min 36 s BenoƮt Zwierzchiewski 6 avril 2003 Paris
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level 31
Nov 27, 2018
nobody care about their real name...
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level 19
Jan 3, 2019
All I got was Ethiopia and Kenya, lol.
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level 62
Feb 17, 2019
Good quiz. But, can somebody explain why USA was guessed more than Kenya? Even though Kenya appears to have more people in this list than the rest of the World put together? Also, I note that some were surprised by the Japanese. Shouldn't be when you consider their "national character". Dogged determination and giving up brings shame.