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    DecFan
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  • DecFan
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    Well, Realist, we could do that math this way: A sprinter runs her first race and runs 17.06 In her second race she runs 11.92.

    I'd be impressed, and think that there's considerable potential to run really fast . . .

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  • kuha
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    This IS a remarkable story.

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  • marknhj
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  • marknhj
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    You are completely missing the point. The woman is 36, took up running less than two years ago, had only run one marathon before for charity in 3hrs 39mins, and, out of the blue, ran a pb by 1hr 6mins and made our Olympic team. Of course she's not going to win anything in Athens, or get close to Paula. It's simply an astonishing feat that even she didn't anticipate.

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  • Realist
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    C'mon fellas do the math. This just reflects how people are hung up on "barriers" in the marathon and think that a woman (or an American man!) getting close to 2:30 somehow indicates some kind of superhuman status.

    Compare Morris's 2:33:52 to Radcliffe's world record of 2:15:25 and then run a percentage comparison against FloJo's 10.49 (the mark to which Radcliffe is most often compared) and it's like people going all ga-ga because somebody showed up and ran 11.92. Yawn.

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  • marknhj
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    More about Tracey Morris. Quite a remarkable story. I'm trying to the movie rights!

    http://www.letsrun.com/forum/flat_read. ... ead=396592

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  • dl
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  • dl
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    This from Gharib's agent:

    Gharib is an animal....Especially when you
    consider he was at no more than 75%.
    He suffered a calf injury during Lisbon Half and it blew up when he got back
    to Morocco.
    Seems he missed some days training then and about 2 weeks ago he came down
    with
    bronchitis (was in bed with fever for 2-3 days) and was coughing up crap up
    (even during the Expo
    with me).

    The guy even fell down near the Tower Bridge (like Rutto and
    Korir)---hitting his head on the pavement
    and still ran a good 2:07:02 !!

    This gives me some confidence for Athens! Especially because he says he
    loves hot weather.
    Even trains in 35°C.

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  • marknhj
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  • marknhj
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    Wow...I just read that the first Brit woman, Tracey Morris, had only run one marathon before and broke her pb by 1 hour 6mins yesterday to run 2hrs 33.52!

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  • deuch
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    http://www.ukathletics.net/vsite/vconte ... em,00.html

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  • 5k Guy
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    Looks like Brown was the fastest from Great Britian with a 2:13. When will the GB team be named/decided.

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  • dl
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  • dl
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    Tough SOB's in London. The top 3 all fell fairly late in the race but still recovered to run quite fast.

    2:07 by Gharib confirms that his World Champs win last fall was no fluke. Baldini's solid 2:08 is another good effort in a consistent career. He's definitely a medal threat in Athens. Runs fairly well in the heat.

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  • EPelle
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    IAAF:

    Rutto, whose father Kilimo Yano was a 29-minute 10,000m runner who once raced Kip Keino...

    A lot of athletes raced The Legend, but very few successfully beat him to the finish line. Keino was often declared the victor, wherease Kilimo Yano and the likes were merely mortal men who were also there and who also competed.

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  • tafnut
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    London Marathon

    Rutto: 2:06:18

    Margaret Okayo: 2:22:35.

    Results and story at
    http://www.iaaf.org/news/Kind=2/newsId=24902.html

    Plus at the Turin marathon we have:

    Frederick Cherono: 2:08:38

    and, while we're at it, in Hamburg

    Vanderlei Lima: 2:09:39
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