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  • #16
    He is supposed to run NY in four weeks time, who knows if he will start.

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    • #17
      Just a thought, having seen Tadese (who's running twice what he usually specializes in) blow a tire during the race: Are there still 20K road races left around the world, or have they all become half-marathon races?

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      • #18
        I missed the beginning on television. Who were the announcers? I thought they were pretty good.
        Last edited by Halfmiler2; 10-06-2019, 03:40 AM.

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        • #19
          The woman was probably the retired British marathoner Yamaguichi (spelling?) because her references to races and questions about going out too hard and some times cited seem to fit.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by CookyMonzta View Post
            So, with Desisa winning in a respectable 2:10:40 in a run through hell, who ranks #1? Does he have a respectable outcome in another marathon this year, or did Bekele slam the door shut with his Berlin 2:01:40?
            You're perhaps forgetting Kipchoge, who wins over a very tough field in London.

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            • #21
              Originally posted by gh View Post
              You're perhaps forgetting Kipchoge, who wins over a very tough field in London.
              D'OH! :-X I completely forgot about that!

              But then again, unlike last year, when everyone thought Berlin might be the place for Kipchoge to break the WR, very few thought Bekele would even finish, let alone come within 2 seconds of the WR.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by 26mi235 View Post
                The woman was probably the retired British marathoner Yamaguichi (spelling?) because her references to races and questions about going out too hard and some times cited seem to fit.
                Mara Yamauchi?

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by gh View Post
                  You're perhaps forgetting Kipchoge, who wins over a very tough field in London.
                  Is Kipchoge running another marathon this year?
                  Było smaszno, a jaszmije smukwijne...

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                  • #24
                    Yes and no. He is doing Sub-2:00, 2.0, and soon.

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                    • #25
                      Oh yeah, forgot all about that one! But will the rankers take it into consideration if runs another crazy fast time, or will they rank him based on just that one win?
                      Last edited by Powell; 10-06-2019, 10:59 AM.
                      Było smaszno, a jaszmije smukwijne...

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by Powell View Post
                        Callum Hawkins has reportedly been training for the Qatar heat by running in a shed heated up to 39C. It seems to be paying off, as he's hanging on to a place in the top 10.
                        Reminds one of Don Thompson winning the 50K walk in Rome (1960). He trained at home, bringing in kettles of boiling water, into a small bathroom to simulate the heat and humidity expected in the Oly. World Sports reported on this back then, a completely unexpected win for GB.

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                        • #27
                          Derlis Ayala ran a marathon in late July, and then another one on September 22nd, just 13 days before the WC. Here are his comments after getting an hour of TV attention for leading the first half of the World Championships marathon in Doha: "We did the half marathon & retire to be able to think of other competitions."
                          In other words, this guy wanted to get on TV to disrupt a championships marathon, and get in a good training session at the same time. He had no intention of finishing the race. This is disgraceful!
                          Last edited by TWalsh; 10-06-2019, 02:51 PM.

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                          • #28
                            Sounds like a wise man....considering the insane conditions...
                            Last edited by Conor Dary; 10-06-2019, 09:10 PM.

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                            • #29
                              Some followup notes on this event: I appreciated watching this race, and thought the last few km of the competition to be very interesting.

                              Perused the race analysis quickly, so I may have mis-read something, but I think the top 12 all ran negative splits, and among everyone out there, Hawkins ran the fastest second half (1:06:21 + 1:04:36).

                              I appreciated some of his comments post-competition (quoted in letsrun's analysis, here:
                              https://www.letsrun.com/news/2019/10...w-york-crowns/ ): “When I caught them, I knew I didn’t have a kick ... I knew, this is the pace I’ve got.” "The three guys that got medals are proper world class ... To be that close to the big guns on a championships really helps.”

                              He had been running close to 3 minute/km for most of the km in the last half, and he along with the other of the top 5 ran the 41st km in 2:58-2:59, which as Hawkins said after the race, was all he had -- he ran 3:02 for the last km. The 3 medalists of course had quite a bit more, running (respectively) 2:48, 2:49, 2:54 (Mokoka in 5th at 3:06) for the 42nd km.

                              Hawkins was 9th at Rio OG, 4th in London WC, and now 4th here. For a mere 2:08 PB mortal, he is making the most of his championship opportunities. I had hoped he would medal at CWG last year, but when he pushed himself over the edge and collapsed in those adverse conditions, I was more concerned about his capacity to come back to high-level (for him) marathon racing in other adverse conditions and do well. So it was good to see him compete well in this event.

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                              • #30
                                During the telecast, Josh Cox repeatedly referred to Geremew as the "Ethiopian national record holder." Wasn't he the commentator when Bekele broke Geremew's Ethiopian record in Berlin?

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