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|Subject: ||RE: 2004 Olympic Marathon. What happened the Africans?s|
I think if conditions in London this summer are hot and humid which is quite likely, then it will become more of a lottery. The conditions in Athens 2004 were brutal, but if you look at previous Olympic marathon's surprises have happened. Barcelona 1992 no africans on the podium. In the Atlanta Olympic marathon Josiah Thugwane (South Africa) only had a personal best of 2:11:46, won Gold, so there is potental for a surprise. Meb won silver in Athens 2004, and if he runs that well in the heat and humidity again, and London provides similar conditions then he is worth a shout. Also the Japanese prepare well in hot and humid conditions, and have won many medals in the worlds and Olympic marathons. However, if the temperatures remain cool, like london marathon in Springtime, then I fear the Kenyans and Ethiopians will be very difficult to beat. So lets hope for 30 degrees and make it an open race!
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