Quote Of The Day
“Maybe if the day had dawned overcast at 43F (6C) with calm winds, talk of a world record would have been very much in order. But it was 59F (15C) at the start! And rising, going on to become the hottest day in London Marathon history. … I know that modern runners have out-trained the distance, at least on a benign day, but can they be so dismissive of the distance and the records that they think basic physiological norms no longer apply? … The fields were brilliant, as always in London. But the day was cautioning, just as the freezing rain and headwinds in Boston were cautioning the week before. Both sexes in London would have run great times, as the weather wasn’t horrible, just less than what was needed for a world record assault. Imagine the strategy and tactics we would have seen along the way. It would have been riveting, the packs more structured, the moves more telling. Instead, we got a Quixotic attempt at the world records, where people just fell off the crazy pace, and the winners survived, spoiling what would have been a brilliant day of competition.”
– Toni Reavis analyzing the failed world record attempts in the heat at the 2018 London Marathon.
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