What would you do if you broke the world record but came in 2nd place? I’d probably kill myself. On top of the fact that you just ran a marathon like an asshole and your nipples are bleeding and you probably peed and pooped yourself at some point during the previous 2 hours, now you gotta get kicked right in your fucking dick as you cross the finish line. Hey good job second place! You ran this marathon faster than any person in the history of human movement prior to today. Bad news is that today someone did it 4 seconds faster than you. You lose. Just another second place finisher. Granted I guess none of this matters for these Kenyans. Whether you’re first or second or 5 millionth you have to go back to living in Africa. I just envision all these Kenyans living like right in the middle of the Serengeti. Just running around in the African plains avoiding lions and cheetahs and shit like their life is some sort of permanent safari.
But regardless of whether they live outdoors amongst wild animals or inside like normal people, breaking the world record and still losing is brutal. Its like pitching 9 no hit innings and losing 1-0 on an unearned run. Its like scoring 100 points in a game and losing like 131-130. You set out to run this marathon better than any human ever has, and you do just that. But some other lightning quick dude from the hut down the block from you did the same thing that day too, just 4 seconds better. Just life changing disappointment.