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  • Kenya announce marathon team for Berlin

    http://www.iaaf.org/news/kind=100/newsid=50391.html

    I didn't think Wanjiru planned to compete but I guess their reserves ain't too shabby :wink:
    http://twitter.com/Trackside2011

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    Re: Kenya announce marathon team for Berlin

    Originally posted by nevetsllim
    http://www.iaaf.org/news/kind=100/newsid=50391.html

    I didn't think Wanjiru planned to compete but I guess their reserves ain't too shabby :wink:
    The Kenyans have really taken seriously the last few world champs marathons, as shown by sending A level marathon teams. Really elevates the event.

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    • #3
      It would be nice if the Americans had the same attitude.

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      • #4
        The Americans have A-level runners to send?! :twisted:

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        • #5
          Re: Kenya announce marathon team for Berlin

          Originally posted by joeltetreault
          Originally posted by nevetsllim
          http://www.iaaf.org/news/kind=100/newsid=50391.html

          I didn't think Wanjiru planned to compete but I guess their reserves ain't too shabby :wink:
          The Kenyans have really taken seriously the last few world champs marathons, as shown by sending A level marathon teams. Really elevates the event.
          It really is amazing that the reserve team includes two 2:05-competitors and the reigning world champ!

          I guess the Kenyans have taken it seriously because they known Berlin is a quick course so they could get a fast time.
          http://twitter.com/Trackside2011

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          • #6
            Yeah, I get that our "A-level" talent ranks somewhere considerably lower in the African alphabet. And I realize USATF has little influence on how our guys and gals plan their races. And of course the World Champs isn't the Olympics.

            That said, we have some talent and it surprises me some of that talent doesn't focus like a laser on the Worlds.

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            • #7
              Re: Kenya announce marathon team for Berlin

              Originally posted by nevetsllim
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              It really is amazing that the reserve team includes two 2:05-competitors and the reigning world champ!

              I guess the Kenyans have taken it seriously because they known Berlin is a quick course so they could get a fast time.
              I know the WC marathon won't involve the stadium, but is it indeed following the regular Berlin course?

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              • #8
                Not really. I read it's a 10km-ish loop to be run 4 times+ some spare meters.
                Completely out of the stadium as you said.

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                • #9
                  Re: Kenya announce marathon team for Berlin

                  Originally posted by gh
                  Originally posted by nevetsllim
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                  It really is amazing that the reserve team includes two 2:05-competitors and the reigning world champ!

                  I guess the Kenyans have taken it seriously because they known Berlin is a quick course so they could get a fast time.
                  I know the WC marathon won't involve the stadium, but is it indeed following the regular Berlin course?
                  Mikitenko said:
                  "London is now behind me, I will have one more break with my family and then the preparations for World Championships will start. The course is flat and quick and as a runner coming from the track I like it. At the lap course the spectators will be even closer but at the end every runner will be alone against the 42,195m."
                  http://twitter.com/Trackside2011

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                  • #10
                    It now appears that Ndereba is injured and probably won't be able to compete in Berlin. Story on the front page.

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                    • #11
                      Ok, did the world championships defending champion rule get changed when I wasn't looking, or don't I just understand it? I thought Kibet would have had an extra place in the marathon as Osaka champion.

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                      • #12
                        Excellent question! Since the marathon is also the World Cup (with 5 entries instead of just 3), I'm not sure if that rule applies.

                        But I also seem to recall a WC in the last few years where the Kenyans had the option of taking 4 steeplechasers but decided against it.

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