The World Half Marathon Championship takes place in three days. Neither the official web site nor the IAAF web site indicates who is competing. If they don't care, why should we?
IAAF - http://iaaf.org/Mini/WHM12/Index.aspx
I thought there was a news article a few days ago, about how some of the east african athletes are having problems getting visas for Bulgaria.
Perhaps the lists aren't up because they still don't know who will actually turn up. Could be some easy medals for people if some athletes don't get visas or are only able to arrive at the last minute.
Standard procedure at Championships is not to announce the athletes until the final entries on confirmed.
From the IAAF World Half Marathon Team Handbook:
8.3 Final Confirmations
Teams will receive the Final Confirmation Forms upon arrival in Kavarna and Team
Leaders, or their representatives, must confirm the names of those athletes already
entered who will actually take part in the competition. Final confirmation for all events
must be made during the accreditation procedure at the Teams Accreditation Centre
David - Your post proves exactly what is wrong with the sport of running.
I am trying to be a fan. A person that other sports consider to be customers. I ask who's playing this weekend and the answer is, "we're not telling you and it's OK because look at this rule in this book here". That is pathetic.
This could be a good event. It won't be, because nobody is promoting it and therefore nobody will know about it.
Just found the entry list on the web site.
Shalane FLANAGAN Michelle FREY
Zersenay TADESE has got to be the men's favorite.
Shalane has a shot.
Kim Smith would have done well here, except she's shooting for $100,000 in Boston this weekend. Can't blame her!
I thought each country got to send 5 participants, not 4?
|six to one|
Top ten entrants by SB:
Stephen Kibet Kosgei (KEN) - 58:54
Eliud Kipchoge (KEN) - 59:25
Pius Maiyo Kirop (KEN) - 59:25
Philemon Kimeli Limo (KEN) - 59:32
Zersenay Tadese (ERI) - 59:34
John Nzau Mwangangi (KEN) - 1:00:44
Chihiro Miyawaki (JPN) - 1:00:53
Stephen Mokoka (RSA) - 1:00:57
Belay Assefe (ETH) - 1:00:59
Modike Lucky Mohale (RSA) - 1:01:08
Pasalia Chepkorir Kipkoech (KEN) - 1:07:17
Lydia Cheromei (KEN) - 1:07:26
Pauline Njeri Kahenya (KEN) - 1:07:55
Peninah Jerop Arusei (KEN) - 1:08:12
Priscah Jepleting Cherono (KEN) - 1:08:35
Shalane Flanagan (USA) - 1:08:52
Feyse Tadese (ETH) - 1:09:15
Tomomi Tanaka (JPN) - 1:09:47
Mai Ito (JPN) - 1:10:39
Karolina Jarzynska (POL) - 1:10:56 (tie)
Maegan Krifchin (USA) - 1:10:56 (tie)
Kind of thin on the women's side.
The best Ethiopian woman has a PB of 1:08:44 and the next one has run 1:10:54, but Ethiopia must have about 10 under 1:08. I know Werknesh Kidane (1:07:26) is running Chicago, but you'd think some of the others would be available.
Perhaps the timing is wrong - too close to other races with good start money and/or prize money.
True, but if we look at PB rather than SB, one name does stand out, even if she has only run one half marathon.
Elvan ABEYLEGESSE (TUR) 1:07:07
Are you saying that her times are more suspicious than the other Ethiopian born women that have run sub 30?
I'd be interested if you know if she has any links (other than living in Turkey) to the London 1500 winner that tested positive in 2004. A quick look at wikipedia pages shows different athletics clubs and different coaches. But perhaps you know more?
There was also a Moroccan born Turk - Mariem Alaoui Selsouli, that tested positive for the diuretic before the games. Was that the one you were referring to? But again, not sure how much that means with regard to Abeylegesse.
You are right. It was a generalization. And no, no more suspicious than any of the potential unclean. Yes, it was the pre Olympics Morrocan born Turk to which I was referring. When has Turkey ever produced consistent world leaders (consistent as you see at the recent Games). Perhaps, I am wrong. Perhaps I am not.
I take back one thing. It is more suspicious for the reason I stated. When has Turkey produced consistent world leaders? Morocco? A history of several unclean champions. It seems that the ONLY world leaders who make it to the top from either country, are busted thereafter. In Ethiopia and Kenya, the numbers are so high in the potential world leader dept, that there is no possibility that ALL of them are unclean, so yes, more suspicious.