First off, congrats on a smoking mark as you proved that a man can run 2 hours plus for the marathon.
Here's what everyone might have missed in the process of everything as I might make a connection with people here.
1. From now own the all marathon performances will be billed as "inferior" to this mark. Nevermind it was set up as a Nike stunt, it will affect every Kenyan athlete (as if there is not enough competition to stand out) as now a legit 2:04-2:05 will be treated as a "meh" in the sports sponsorship world. The marketability for ALL marathoners just went south.
**If you question this, keep in mind that our sport is THE ONLY SPORT that is compared to by "world record/best" standards. No one ever compares Super Bowls to the year X beat XX by __ points. A win is simply a win.
2. Does anyone hold in such high regard the marks of Justin Gatlin's windaided stunt of 9.45 to be the "awesome, inspiring" effort this marathon received? Factually, it makes him the fastest man ever.
Maybe the 25:43 10km run on the downhill course by Elisha Korir? Certainly he showed how fast a 10K could be run. How does history remember that?
3. Specialty shoes? Remember the backlash against Spira a decade ago? What's the difference today aside from the perfect conditions provided by this recent attempt and with Nike's affinity for drug-induced athletes it doesn't bode well to be associated with this attempt.
4. Nike did what Nike does best, get it's PR machine in gear and the fanboys fall in line. Nevermind that Nike benefits now by reminding agents/athletes that they are minutes off a time they were not allowed to attempt. It's now a "just take the $30,000 even though you are a 2:05 performer". Not a help to fellow Kenyans who cheered and those who hope to someday be on the Nike plantation.
5. The sport doesn't benefit because marathons are not raced under these perfect conditions. Roger Bannister's mile was open to equal or better performances/athletes and today we have over 1,000 sub-4 minute milers.
Nike benefits now. Kipchoge does for a while but his mark is never going to be ratified. He was a pawn for publicity stunt. I hope he was compensated to last a lifetime.