Top Ten Best Marathon Runners In the World

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On this list we will provide the rankings on who is currently or was the best Men and Women Marathon Runners from around the world.

The Top Ten

1 Wilson Kipsang - Kenya Wilson Kipsang - Kenya

Was a current World Record Holder with a record time of - 2:03.23 at the Berlin Marathon 2013. One of the fastest Marathon time ever seen. - Marathon12

He is an inspiration. - Britgirl

He has gone sub 2hr 4min the most times someone has ever done marathons

2 Dennis Kimetto - Kenya Dennis Kimetto - Kenya

Current World Record Holder with a Marathon time of - 2:02.57 Berlin Marathon 2014. Fastest Marathon time ever seen or recorded. - Marathon12

3 Paula Radcliffe - United Kingdom Paula Radcliffe - United Kingdom

I admired Paula for a while but she gave up when she started losing. It should have given her the incentive to keep going and get to the top of her game again but it didn't. She gave up and it's such a shame. Fantastic runner at her peak though. - Britgirl

Is currently the best Female Marathon Runner ever seen with a time of - 2:15.25 at the London Marathon 2003. Holds the Female World Record. - Marathon12

4 Eliud Kipchoge - Kenya Eliud Kipchoge - Kenya

He won the 2014 Chicago Marathon, 11 years after being the surprise winner of the 5000-meter final at the 2003 World Championships. With a time of 2:04.05 at the 2015 Berlin Marathon he is considered one of the Fastest marathon runners on the Planet. - Marathon12

He crushed the world record in Berlin 2018 with a run that is fantastic. His previous wins and Breaking2 are surely great inspiration for all of us. His mindset is his second weapon next to consistency and hard training. Totally the best in history

The best marathoner of recent times and has achieved the third fastest marathon while running on a difficult London marathon while others have done better times in the relatively easier Berlin course

Has won 10 of the 11 marathons he has raced 8 of which were of the world marathon majors, olympic champion, world record holder by 1:39min, ran a 2:00:25 at the Nike Breaking2 project. GOAT

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5 Meb Keflezighi - USA Meb Keflezighi - USA

Is currently one of the best Marathon Runners to support Team USA with a time of - 2:08.37 at the Boston Marathon 2014. Fist American to win the Boston Marathon. - Marathon12

6 Steve Jones - United Kingdom Steve Jones - United Kingdom

Is ranked one of the best Marathon runners from the United Kingdom with a time of - 2:08.05 at the Chicago Marathon 1984. - Marathon12

My vote goes for him - Ananya

The only Brit! How many Kenyans?

7 Robert Cheruiyot - Kenya Robert Cheruiyot - Kenya

Is one of the most famous Marathon and long distance runner to ever support Kenya with a Marathon time and Personal Best of - 2:07.14 at the Boston Marathon 2010. Broke the all time Boston Marathon course record. - Marathon12

8 Joan Benoit - USA Joan Benoit - USA

Is one of the most famous American Marathon runners to ever support USA with a marathon time of - 2:22.43 at the Boston Marathon 1983 - Marathon12

9 Ronaldo Da Costa - Brazil Ronaldo Da Costa - Brazil

Best Marathon Runner from the country of Brazil with a time of - 2:06.05 at the Berlin Marathon - Marathon12

10 Haile Gebrselassie - Ethiopia Haile Gebrselassie - Ethiopia

Is the Top Marathon runner form Ethiopia and still hold the nations best Marathon time of 2:03.59 at the Berlin Marathon 2007. Also Held the World Record. - Marathon12

He is from Ethiopia an I mean that Ethiopia is the best country in the world

The Contenders

11 Abebe Bikila - Kenya Abebe Bikila - Kenya

Kenya? He was Ethiopian and represented Ethiopia. And, the picture isn't his.

Is considered one of the Best Marathoners to ever support Kenya with and Olympic Record time of - 2:12.11 at the 1968 Olympic Marathon in Tokyo

The most successful runner in the world

ABEBE WAS FROM ETHIOPIA AND THE PHOTO DOESN'T BELONG TO HIM!

12 Khalid Khannouchi - USA Khalid Khannouchi - USA

Could be called the best Marathon runner to support team USA with a time of - 2:05.38 at the London Marathon 2002. - Marathon12

13 Catherine Ndereba - Kenya Catherine Ndereba - Kenya

Is currently the best female Marathon runner from Kenya with a record time of - 2:17.18 at the Chicago Marathon. She also held the World Record. - Marathon12

14 Patrick Makau - Kenya Patrick Makau - Kenya

Is one of Kenya's top Marathon Runners and for a period of time held the record with a time of - 2:03.38 at the Berlin Marathon 2011. - Marathon12

15 Carlos Lopes - Portugal Carlos Lopes - Portugal

Is ranked as one of the best Portugal Marathon runners with a time of - 2:07.12 at the Rotterdam Marathon 1985 - Marathon12

Olympic champion, best time in Olympics (remaining 24 years as the best time) and world record by almost 1 min... he deserved better than 17º! Can you tell what he didn't won and Steve Jones (5º) did?!... I love Steve Jones... great runner. But, comparing, Carlos Lopes deserves to be much better than 17º... (just my opinion).

16 Serena Burla - USA Serena Burla - USA

With a Marathon time of 2:28.01 at the 2011 Amsterdam Marathon she is one of the top marathon runners in the United States. - Marathon12

17 Paul Tergat - Kenya Paul Tergat - Kenya

Is one of Kenya's best Marathon runners with a time of - 2:04.55 at the Berlin Marathon 2003. Also Held the World Record - Marathon12

18 Robert De Castella - Australia Robert De Castella - Australia

Is one of the best Marathon runners ever to support the Australian Team with a time of - 2:08.37 at the 1982 Rotterdam Marathon. - Marathon12

One of the top ranked runners from Australia with a Marathon time of - 2:08.18 at the Fukuoka Marathon 1981. - Marathon12

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19 Deriba Merga - Ethiopia
20 Ingrid Kristiansen - Norway Ingrid Kristiansen - Norway

Is most likely ranked one of the greatest Marathon and long distance runners ever run for the county of Norway with a Marathon time of - 2:21.06 at the London Marathon. - Marathon12

21 Rosa Mota - Portugal Rosa Mota - Portugal

Was considered one of the Best Female Marathon Runners of all time clocking in at - 2:24.30 at the Boston Marathon in 1988. - Marathon12

22 Samuel Wanjiru - Kenya Samuel Wanjiru - Kenya

Is one of the best Marathon runners for Kenya with a Marathon time of - 2:05.10 at the 2009 London Marathon. He currently hold the Course record. - Marathon12

He is now dead, died at the age of 24 by falling from a balcony.

23 Belayneh Dinsamo - Ethiopia Belayneh Dinsamo - Ethiopia

Is one of Ethiopia's top Marathon runners with a time of - 2:06.50 at the Rotterdam Marathon 1988 - Marathon12

24 Ryan Hall - USA Ryan Hall - USA

Fastest American Marathoner with a time of - 2:04.58 at the 2011 Boston Marathon. He currently holds the U.S Record in the Half Marathon. - Marathon12

25 Liliya Shobukhova - Russia Liliya Shobukhova - Russia

Is one of the best female runners ever to run a marathon with a time of - 2:18.20 at the 2010 London Marathon. - Marathon12

26 Naoko Takahashi - Japan Naoko Takahashi - Japan

Is considered the best female Marathon runner from Japan with a time of - 2:19.46 at the Berlin Marathon 2001. - Marathon12

27 Deriba Merga - Ethiopia Deriba Merga - Ethiopia

Is one of the top ranked Marathon runners to ever run for the country of Ethiopia with a marathon time of - 2:06.38 at the Beijing Olympics 2008. - Marathon12

28 Sohn Kee Chung - South Korea Sohn Kee Chung - South Korea

Was the best Marathon runner to support South Korea with a time of - 2:29.19 at the 1936 Summer Olympics - Marathon12

29 Viktor Röthlin - Switzerland Viktor Röthlin - Switzerland

Is most likely one of the best Marathoners to ever run for the country of Switzerland with a time of - 2:07.23 at the 2008 Tokyo Marathon. - Marathon12

30 Irina Mikitenko - Germany Irina Mikitenko - Germany

One of the best female Marathon runners to ever support Germany and the Fourth Fastest women in history with a time of 2:19.19 at the Berlin Marathon. - Marathon12

31 Duncan Kibet - Kenya Duncan Kibet - Kenya

He is ranked one of the best Marathon runners to ever support team Kenya with a Marathon time of - 2:04.27 at the 2009 Rotterdam Marathon. - Marathon12

32 Lucy Kabuu - Kenya Lucy Kabuu - Kenya

Is the eighth fastest women marathon runner on the planet with a marathon time of - 2:19.37 at the 2012 Dubai Marathon. - Marathon12

33 Josia Thugwane - South Africa Josia Thugwane - South Africa

He was one of the Best Marathon runners South Africa has ever seen with a Marathon time of - 2:07.28 at the Fukuoka Marathon in 1997. He was also ranked one of the best Marathon runners in the world. - Marathon12

Is considered one of the best or even called the best South African Marathon runner with a time of - 2:07.28 at the 1997 Fukuoka Marathon. - Marathon12

Is one of the best Marathon Runners to support South Africa with a time of - 2:07.28 at the 1997 Fukuoka Marathon. - Marathon12

34 Ron Hill - United Kingdom Ron Hill - United Kingdom

Is one of the best Marathon runners the United Kingdom has ever seen with a marathon time of - 2:09.28 at the 1970 British Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh. Become the second man ever the break the 2 hour and 10 minute barrier in the Marathon. - Marathon12

35 Ryan Vail - USA Ryan Vail - USA

At the 2013 NYC Marathon he ran a Marathon time of - 2:13.23. Is one of Americas most skilled runners. - Marathon12

36 Gerard Nijboer - Netherlands Gerard Nijboer - Netherlands

Is one of the most successful Marathon runners to ever support the county of the Netherlands with a marathon time of - 2:09.01 at the Amsterdam Marathon 1980. - Marathon12

37 Waldemar Cierpinski - East Germany Waldemar Cierpinski -  East Germany

Was one of the best Marathon runner to ever support East Germany with a time of - 2:23.6 at the 1980 Olympic Games. - Marathon12

38 Yonas Kifle - Eritrea Yonas Kifle - Eritrea

Is Considered one of the best Marathon runners to ever run for Eritrea and ranked one of the best in the world with a Marathon time of - 2:07.34 at the 2007 Amsterdam Marathon - Marathon12

39 Bill Rodgers - USA Bill Rodgers - USA

Was Considered one of the Best Marathon runners to ever support team USA with a time of - 2:09.27 at the 1979 Boston Marathon. - Marathon12

40 Frank Shorter - USA Frank Shorter - USA

Was one of the best Marathoners to ever take part in the Olympic Games with a time of - 2:10.30 at the 1976 Olympic Games. - Marathon12

41 Greg Meyer - USA Greg Meyer - USA

Was one of the Best American Long Distance runners ever with a Marathon time of - 2:09 Flat at the 1983 Boston Marathon. - Marathon12

42 Alberto Salazar - Cuba Alberto Salazar - Cuba

Was one of the top ranked Cuban Marathon runners with a Marathon time of - 2:08.13 at the 1982 NYC Marathon. - Marathon12

43 Tesfaye Tola - Ethiopia Tesfaye Tola - Ethiopia

Is one of the top ranked Marathon runners for Ethiopia with a Marathon time of - 2:06.57 at the 2000 Olympic Games. - Marathon12

44 Jaouad Gharib - Morocco Jaouad Gharib - Morocco

Is one of the Best Marathon Runners to run for the county of Morocco with a time of - 2:05.27 at the 2009 London Marathon. - Marathon12

45 Rodolfo Gómez - Mexico Rodolfo Gómez - Mexico

Was one of the best Marathon runner to ever run for the county of Mexico with a time of - 2:09.53 at the 1982 NYC Marathon. - Marathon12

46 Abel Antón - Spain Abel Antón - Spain

Is one of the top Marathon runners in Spain with a time of - 2:07.54 at the 1997 World Champions in Athens. He become the fist Spain Marathon winner to win the London Marathon. - Marathon12

47 Mizuki Noguchi - Japan Mizuki Noguchi - Japan

Is the fastest Asian women marathoner ever with a time of 2:19.12 at the Berlin Marathon. She also holds the Berlin Marathon course record for the women. - Marathon12

48 Stefano Baldini - Italy Stefano Baldini - Italy

Is a two time European World Champion in the Marathon and one of the top ranked marathon runners for Italy with a time of - 2:07.22 at the 2006 European Athletics Championships - Marathon12

49 Mary Keitany - Kenya Mary Keitany - Kenya

In 2007, Keitany earned a silver medal at her debut performance at the IAAF World Road Running Championships. With a Marathon time of - 2:18.37 at the 2012 London Marathon she can be considered one of the Fastest women marathon runners. - Marathon12

50 Deena Kastor - USA Deena Kastor - USA

Is an American professional long distance runner and Olympic medalist. With a Marathon time of 2:19:36 in 2006 setting a new American Marathon record. - Marathon12

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