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

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 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

3 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

4 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

5 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

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6 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

7 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

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

His effort on the Nike Breaking2 has been inspired a lot of runners, and his consistency on giving the best

Closest time to breaking 2:00 ever recorded.

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8 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

9 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

10 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

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


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 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

17 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

18 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

19 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

20 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

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1. Wilson Kipsang - Kenya
2. Paula Radcliffe - United Kingdom
3. Meb Keflezighi - USA
1. Meb Keflezighi - USA
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3. Haile Gebrselassie - Ethiopia



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