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|Subject: ||RE: 50-year-old Linda Somers-Smith finishes 8th (in the women's open race) at US Club Cross Country Champs|
oh please spare us wrote:
What the hell kind of comparison is that? Linda Somers-Smith is a former Olympian in the marathon, and her marathon best from last year (2:36:33) age-grades to 2:15:59. I don't see even 40 year old men running close to that, age-graded or not.
Comparing age-graded results are like comparing completely unrelated events by Mercier scores. It tells you how rare of a performance it is, but it doesn't really tell you how good because it doesn't consider the competitiveness of the event. I'm not bashing Somers-Smith and I think that her results are extremely impressive, but saying that her marathon time equates to a 2:15:59 is pushing it.
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