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    Any thoughts on mens and womens london marathon this Sunday?

    Just noticed Lel is a doubt for the mens. I think without him Wanjiru will be too strong for the rest of the field.

    Will Mikitenko defend her title in a strong womens fields?

  • #2
    story about Lel's hip injury posted to front page

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    • #3
      Re: London Marathon

      Originally posted by adam230881
      Any thoughts on mens and womens london marathon this Sunday?

      Just noticed Lel is a doubt for the mens. I think without him Wanjiru will be too strong for the rest of the field.

      Will Mikitenko defend her title in a strong womens fields?
      If Wanjiru is right he is too strong for any field.......well maybe Geb.
      phsstt!

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      • #4
        Wanjiru says he's going for WR (if conditions are right). Story now on front page

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        • #5
          Alot of the women haven't really shown their cards at all recently which makes it difficult to work out their form.
          Mikitenko though has put in a few good runs on the road recently, so would perhaps start as favourite ?

          Never can discount Ndereba, Tomescu the Olympic Champ i wonder if there has been the motivation after Beijing to really go for anything special in the 2009 season.

          Zhou always an unknown quantity for me, as are many of the Chinese athletes.

          I do think Mara Yamauchi will be right up there though, and should rewrite that PB. She has definately had sub 2.25 in her a few times, but the conditions prevented her from running faster.
          Also winning the Tokyo marathon should have given her a massive confidence boost, and has raced extremely well in Japan recently.

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          • #6
            Forecast is for a high of 59F with 30% chance of showers

            http://www.wunderground.com/global/stations/03772.html

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            • #7
              Originally posted by DrJay
              Forecast is for a high of 59F with 30% chance of showers

              http://www.wunderground.com/global/stations/03772.html
              Following the link off the page, it looks like it will be in the low 50s for the race with a humidity in the 80s and dewpoint in the mid40s:

              http://www.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/fin ... day=Sunday

              with a chance of rain at the end of the race.

              Seems like conditions could be good (of course this is based on predictions several days before the race). And for those who like more data-driven assessments, the conditions look on par with weather conditions for several of the fastest marathons:
              http://mb.trackandfieldnews.com/discuss ... ht=weather

              Namely Berlin '08, Berlin '07 and Dubai '08.

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              • #8
                I'm really excited about this year's race. The men's event is surely the best ever big city line-up - Lel and Wanjiru have bold ambitions and it will be interesting to see how Kebede and Tadese (on her debut will fare.)

                The women's race is really wide open too. I'd perhaps tip Mikitenko as the favourite though but I really think Yamauchi will make the podium.
                http://twitter.com/Trackside2011

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                • #9
                  I'll stick my head on the line
                  1. Wanjiru, 2. Kebede, 3. Lel (4. Tadese)
                  1. Mikitenko 2. Petrova, 3. Yamauchi
                  http://twitter.com/Trackside2011

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                  • #10
                    The Americans (RItz, Meb, Khannouchi) are going a bit under the radar. It would be a surprise if any of them challenged for the win, but it should be an interesting sidebar.

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                    • #11
                      is khanouchi running??? he was on the original elite start list, but i dont see him on the web sites list of 22 elite men runners.

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                      • #12
                        KK withdrew a while ago.
                        http://twitter.com/Trackside2011

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                        • #13
                          From marathon stat maven K. Ken Nakamura:

                          <<For the first time since the Olympic women's marathon was inaugurated in 1984, all six defending Olympic medalists are competing in the same race, 2009 London Marathon on Sunday. >>

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