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  • Originally posted by Karl View Post
    When my little boy inevitably asks me what consistency means, I'm going to show him a picture of Eliud Kipchoge.

    If he then asks me who that is, I'll probably hang my head in shame.
    if it a few years from now he would probably ask who U. Bolt is.

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    • Originally posted by Karl View Post
      When my little boy inevitably asks me what consistency means, I'm going to show him a picture of Eliud Kipchoge.

      If he then asks me who that is, I'll probably hang my head in shame.
      You could show his picture and 99.9999% of Americans wouldn't have the slightest idea who he is...so he would be in good company.
      Conor Dary
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      Last edited by Conor Dary; 09-26-2017, 02:33 AM.

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      • Originally posted by Conor Dary View Post
        You could show his picture and 99.9999% of Americans wouldn't have the slightest idea who he is...so he would be in good company.
        you left out several 9s

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        • He's 7 and he already well knows who Usain Bolt is! Bolt is his comparison for everyone. "Daddy, are as fast as Usain Bolt?" "Daddy, is the Flash as fast as Usain Bolt?" "Daddy, is Bekele faster than Usain Bolt?"

          I'm just saying, if I raise him right, he'll know who Kipchoge is. If he doesn't know, how can I live with myself as a father?

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          • But regarding the marathon, as a HUGE Bekele fan, his foray into the marathon really has been filled with ups and downs. World record! No, he's done. World record! No, never. World record! Career over.

            Kipchoge is now what Bekele once was on the track.

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            • You are raising your son right. He will be grateful to have a father like you. By comparison, I had to learn all of this stuff the hard way -- by reading Track and Field News. No one in my family knows/knew who any of these persons are. Well, that's not exactly true -- I think most of them know about Jesse Owens.

              ps. Agree w you regarding Kipchoge. I realize anyone can be beaten, and I know the marathon is an unpredictable event, but at this point, he seems unbeatable. As if this recent win, and Monza, were not enough. His only loss required a WR to beat him. Moreover, I find his 2:03:05 in London last year to be as impressive as anything he has done -- beyond the fact that he was 46 seconds up on Biwott, the next fastest winning time at London is 1:24 slower.

              Regardless of wrangling over how old any of these guys 'really' are, going by stated ages in the databases we use, Kipsang and Bekele are both older than Kipchoge. Those two may have other great marathons in them, but it did not look so in Berlin. Most of the other fastest ones are also around these (stated) ages too. Adola is younger, as are several of the other fastest Ethiopians (Tola, Abshero, Abera, Mekonnen, et al.). However, most of those other fastest (after Adola) have achieved their fastest times at Dubai -- not that there is anything wrong with that, but they also have not approached those 2:04:xx from Dubai anywhere else. Kipchoge has run his 8 @ 2:05:30 or faster at five different courses (London, Berlin, Chicago, Rotterdam, Hamburg) -- not to mention his OG win.

              I will be interested to see what Adola does, but I read in one of the race recaps from Berlin, in observing that Adola has the fastest debut ever (record-legal courses), among the 10 fastest debut marathons, only Kipchoge has run faster after the debut (or something like that). Of course, Adola may come out next time and run a WR, but I am not betting on it. On the other hand, assuming good health and no accidents -- and good weather -- I would bet that Kipchoge runs near to the WR both at London and Berliln next year (I am assuming those would be his marathons of choice).
              Master Po
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              Last edited by Master Po; 09-26-2017, 10:46 AM.

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              • Originally posted by TN1965 View Post
                Kipsang had some stomach issues, according to Toni Reavis.

                https://tonireavis.com/2017/09/24/mo...in/#more-17815
                Thank you for this information.

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                • Originally posted by Master Po View Post
                  I will be interested to see what Adola does, but I read in one of the race recaps from Berlin, in observing that Adola has the fastest debut ever (record-legal courses), among the 10 fastest debut marathons, only Kipchoge has run faster after the debut (or something like that).
                  I think what the recap said was that Kipchoge was the only one to run his second marathon faster than his first. Kimetto should be among the 10 fastest debut marathoners (2:04:16 in 2012), and he has run faster than that twice. But his second marathon was 2:06 in Tokyo.

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                  • Originally posted by gh View Post
                    you left out several 9s
                    Not so, the 9s he has implies 320, and I am pretty sure that an order of magnitude more than that would recognize him. I would guess that LetsRun has at least 320, maybe 1000 or more, and this board has quite a few of the regulars.

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                    • Okee Dokee....so to be conservative 99.999%..would not recognize Kipchoge....

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                      • Originally posted by 26mi235 View Post
                        Not so, the 9s he has implies 320, and I am pretty sure that an order of magnitude more than that would recognize him. I would guess that LetsRun has at least 320, maybe 1000 or more, and this board has quite a few of the regulars.
                        mathematicians never were noted for having a sense of humor!

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                        • Oh dear....probably true with applied mathematicians...but not all mathematicians...

                          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6OaYPVueW4
                          Conor Dary
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                          Last edited by Conor Dary; 09-27-2017, 01:37 AM.

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