This 70-year-old man just set a marathon world record

American runner Gene Dykes set a marathon world record for his age group on Saturday in Jacksonville, Florida. Dykes ran 2:54:23, breaking the previous record by 25 seconds.

The Pennsylvanian, who narrowly missed the record at STWM, pulled it off with a 2:54:23 at the Ameris Bank Jacksonville Marathon in Florida.

Dykes’ time translates to an average pace of 4:07 per kilometre. Here are his splits:

5km 20:25

10km 41:09

Half 1:26:56

20mi 2:12:47

Finish 2:54:23

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Congratulations to American M70 Gene Dykes of Pennsylvania on achieving a new WMA M70 record, by breaking Canadian Ed Whitlock’s marathon record.(pending approval) . Gene Dykes ran 2:54:23 on December 15, 2018, breaking the previous record of 2:54:48, set by the legendary Canadian Masters athlete, the great Ed Whitlock. Ed set the WMA Masters record in 2004, at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. Gene recently raced in the same race where Ed achieved his record. On October 21, 2018, the STWM served as the WMA Marathon Championships. Gene ran 2:55:17 just missing the M70 marathon record by 30 seconds. . . Following his race at the STWM, Gene went on to race a 50km Ultra Marathon, the Vista Verde Skyline on December 1, 2018 and then on December 2, 2018 Gene ran in the California International Marathon. A lot of running and a lot of racing for Gene and a huge congratulations to Gene on his W70 WMA record! 📸: @runnersworldmag . #mastersathlete #marathon #runner #worldrecord #stwm2018 #runcrs @usatfmasterstrack @usatf @athleticscanada @athleticsont @runcrs

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