I mean...he was in front when that Irish spectator attacked him.
But Baldini was closing the gap.
About Meb...i don't know.
The attack was a surprise for me. I couldnt defend myself because I was concentrating on my race. I dont know what would have happened if the Greek man who helped me so quickly (Polyvios Kossivas) hadnt reacted the way he did. I give him a lot of credit for his courage.
Perhaps things could have been different, because I started to have problems after that, I couldn't concentrate. It was very difficult for me to finish. With my sense of Olympic spirit I showed my determination and won a medal.
Ipersonally think that Vanderlei was, at that point, a little better than Meb. Not counting only PB'S...
Top 10 performances in Marathon
2:08:31 2 Tokyo 08.02.98
2:08:34 3 Rotterdam 16.04.00
2:08:38 1 Tokyo 12.02.96
2:08:40 3 Fukuoka 05.12.99
2:09:39 1 Hamburg 18.04.04
2:10:02 2 Oita 04.02.01
2:10:38 12 Fukuoka 07.12.03
2:10:42 5 New York, NY 01.11.98
2:11:06 1 Reims 23.10.94
2:11:19 1 S Paulo 14.07.02