Henry Frederick "Harry" Barrett (30 December 1879 – 18 December 1927) was a British long-distance runner who on 8 May 1909 set a world's best in only his second marathon with a time of 2:42:31 at the Polytechnic Marathon.[nb 1] Barrett failed to finish the men's marathon at the 1908 Summer Olympics and 1912 Summer Olympics.
- According to the progression of world bests listed by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), James Clark set a world best of 2:46:52.8 in New York on 12 February 1909, Albert Raines broke Clark's mark with a 2:46:04.6 in New York on 8 May 1909, and Henry Barrett broke Raines' mark with a 2:42:31.0 in London on 26 May 1909. Ian Ridpath, a former director of the Polytechnic marathon, has indicated on his website that some sources have wrongly listed the date of Barrett performance as 26 May 1909 and has confirmed the true date as 8 May 1909. An article in The Times dated 10 May 1909 provides strong evidence that Ridpath is correct. Given that Barrett's marathon in London most likely concluded before Raines' marathon held on the same date in New York, it is also likely that Barrett rather than Raines broke the world best set by Clark three months earlier.
- "12th IAAF World Championships In Athletics: IAAF Statistics Handbook. Berlin 2009" (PDF). Monte Carlo: IAAF Media & Public Relations Department. 2009. pp. Page 565. Archived from the original (pdf) on 29 June 2011. Retrieved 3 November 2009.
- Lambie, James. "A Marathon Trophy". The Story of Your Life: A History of the Sporting Life Newspaper (1859-1998. Leicester, UK: Troubadour Publishing Ltd. pp. 276–278. ISBN 9781848762916. Retrieved 29 September 2011.
- Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Harry Barrett (full name: Henry Frederick "Harry" Barrett)". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 23 October 2012.
- Biography at www.olympics.org.uk
| Men's Marathon World Record Holder
26 May 1909* – 31 August 1909
(*see explanation in the Notes section)
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