There is talk of Nike's 4% Vaporflys and some comments from Ross Tucker on how much optimised conditions are worth, but we really liked the quote from World Half silver medalist and 59:10-man Bedan Karoki: “For me breaking two hours is not possible. Running a half marathon in under an hour is hard enough – after I do it I am sick – so to run the same again for me is much too difficult.”
Most doubt Eliud Kipchoge will actually break 2-hours, but even if he doesn't, the hype is still a win for Nike, especially if he breaks Dennis Kimetto's 2:02:57 and they can call it a "world best."
"I thought he'd run, maybe, 45.8. I didn't expect this with that wind. He's an 800 guy, he's the national champion, but he's a big talent.
"He's a big talent, a big talent. No 800 runners break 45 seconds, the best 800 runners in the world run 45.5. He's running 44 out of blocks."
Before and after the October expose on Sigel, many have questioned the way he conducts USATF business with lavish spending and questionable self-dealing and there was hope Lananna was going to look into this. However, Lananna said, "I really don’t have enough information to really have an opinion on it ... Right now, my position [with Siegel] is I’m comfortable with what I’ve seen. If it comes to the point where I’m not comfortable, I will speak up."
He revealed post-race he's been suffering from depression for the last 7 months.
He was hoping to hit the Commonwealth Games standard of 2:16:00 but now will be going to Worlds. *Video of Griffiths finish
That's the good news. The bad news is she ran 67:44 (64:52 is the WR).
*MB: Sara Hall ran 74:40 at Gifu Seiryu Half today in Japan - Joyciline Jepkosgei wins in 67:44
Imane Merga was in the race. The women's race was won by Ethiopia’s Sutume Asefa (68:23).