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|Subject: ||If you were Moses Mosop, what would your race plan be for Chicago?|
I'm interested to see what people think he should do, obviously he's facing a pretty good dilemma.
-There are only 3 Olympic team spots for Kenya
-Patrick Makau has essentially locked up one with his marathon WR
-Abdi will likely take the other for running World Champs after so many others turned Athletics Kenya down
-Geoffrey Mutai and Emmanuel Mutai are also vying for a spot and are arguably both capable of breaking the WR if they had perfect weather/course/pacing like Makau did at Berlin.
-Geoffrey Mutai has beaten Mosop head-to-head (albeit by only four seconds in Mosop's debut)
All of these factors would indicate that, if Mosop wants any chance to make the team, he needs to go out at a solid, near-WR pace and decimate the field in order to prove his worth. He has time on his side as G. Mutai will be running New York, where there is virtually no chance he will be able to hit the kind of times Mosop will hit in Chicago and may very well be beaten by somebody in the stellar field. That being said...
-Chicago is projected to be mid-70's
-There aren't really any other marathoners in the "upper echelon" of the marathon world here, which could make it difficult for Mosop to run a great time.
-However, this lack of top-end competition means Mosop should win fairly easily
-Canova says that Mosop is not quite 100% in shape due to an injury
So if you're Mosop, what do you do? Go all out and hope for a killer time that will boost your Olympic selection resume, or play it safe and hope that winning one of the Marathon Majors (in addition to an aided Boston time) will prove to be enough?
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