Back in May, 1969 the Australian marathoner Derek Clayton ran 2:08:34 in Antwerp, Belgium, and that continued to be the World record target that would remain unchallenged for 12 and a half years.
At the recent Dubai Marathon, Kenyan Sammy Korir finished third in 2:08:01 and reached a landmark, becoming the first man in history with 10 lifetime sub-2:09s. The slowest of them has been a 2:08:27 and it has taken him just under a time span of 11 years to achieve something ten times that no man had even done once until the end of 1981.
Rotterdam – where Korir ran his first sub-2:09 in 1997 – and Amsterdam have been his favourite venues, where he's run three such times at each race. His fastest, of course, was his in his epic race to the wire against Paul Tergat at the 2003 real,- Berlin Marathon where he came up one second behind the new World record of 2:04:55.