Top Ten Best Marathon Runners In the World

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 Best Marathon Runners In the World

1 Eliud Kipchoge - Kenya

Only person ever to go sub 2 hours and wr incredible also undefeated since 2013

You're off your head if you think Kipsang is better than Kipchoge.

In all of the marathons he has raced, he has only lost ONCE against Wilson Kipsang when he set the world record in 2013. All of his times are incredible, with the majority of them being under 2:05. On top of that, he now holds the world record by over a minute and he somehow managed a time of 2:00:25 in the Breaking2 Project, the closest anyone has gotten to a sub 2-hour marathon. He is undoubtedly the King of the Marathon.

He is the Fastest Man on Earth...move over Bolt. 2hrs of running and winning is a man made of the tough stuff.

2 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.

He is an inspiration.

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

3 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.

4 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.

5 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.

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.

The greatest ever

6 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.

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

7 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.

8 Ryan Hall - USA

He is a great inspiration to future marathon runners

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.

9 Steve Jones - United Kingdom

Would probably run sub-2:04 with today's technology. Probably the most natural marathoner that has ever lived.

One of the greats. Humble, not big headed. From another Jonesey.

One of the hardest marathon runners ever. But a very down to earth person. Should have been Olympic,world, European and commonwealth marathon champion.

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

10 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.

The Contenders

11 Ronaldo Da Costa - Brazil

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

12 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

13 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!

14 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.

15 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

16 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.

17 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

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).

18 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.

19 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.

20 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.

21 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.

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

cool guy

22 Rosa Mota - Portugal

Easily one of the best marathon runners of the 20th century, she was European, World and Olympic Champion at the same time period (1986-1988), she also won Boston (the first non-American woman to achieve back-to-back wins), Chicago, Tokyo, and London - meaning she only miss 2 modern majors. she won almost 70% of all marathons she run.

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

23 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.

Just wow

24 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.

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

25 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.

26 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.

27 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.

28 Belayneh Dinsamo - Ethiopia

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

29 Naoko Takahashi - Japan

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

30 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

31 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

32 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.

33 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.

34 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.

35 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.

36 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

37 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.

38 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.

39 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.

40 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.

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.

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

41 Ed Eyestone - USA

With a Marathon time of - 2:10:59 at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona he was ranked among the top 10 runners in the country for nine years. He also won won the 1993 U.S. championship at the Twin Cities Marathon.

42 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.

43 Martin Lel - Kenya

He was one of the best Marathoners Kenya has ever seen with a Marathon time of - 2:05.15 in the 2008 London Marathon setting a new course record.

He was good and fluid, aesthetic in motion

44 Ryan Vail - USA

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

45 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.

46 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.

47 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.

48 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.

49 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.

50 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.

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