Fastest African Marathoners Of The Last 25 Years

Written by Keren Mikva

It’s common knowledge that elite athletes of African descent, particularly from East and West Africa, are among the fastest runners in the world. And when it comes to marathoners, East Africans — most notably Kenyans and Ethiopians — have dominated races across the world for decades. The following men and women represent the fastest marathoners in record-eligible courses over the last 25 years.

Keep in mind that the Boston Marathon is not a record-eligible course as recognized by the International Association of Athletics Federations, and thus Geoffrey Mutai’s 2011 Boston Marathon record time of 2:03:02 is not included in this ranking. These statistics were compiled as of September 2013.