They both (oi duo). "The two" (Peter and the other disciple whom Jesus loved). Ran together (etrecon omou). Imperfect active of trecw. It was a race in eagerness to reach the tomb of Jesus. Outran Peter (proedramen taceion tou Petrou). Second aorist active indicative of protrecw, old verb, in N.T. only here and Luke 19:4 , to run on before (ahead). "He ran ahead more swiftly (see John 13:27 ) than Peter" (ablative case after comparative adverb taceion, Koin for older qasson). First (prwto). Predicative nominative (not adverb proton) and superlative used where only two involved. John won the race.