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|Subject: ||RE: US Olympic Marathon Team may come from Chicago, New York and Boston Marathon?|
works for me wrote:
I think it would be a fine idea and would do the job. What do the marathon trials stand for, anyway?
Oh yeah, and the two US marathon medalists from Athens surely would have had no smaller chance to make the team and medal if it had been through a selection process like the one proposed rather than the one that's been in place.
And the interesting thing is Meb and Deena both did not win their trials. So its not certain under this system they would have made the team.
You'd have guys trying to figure out who was going to duck who at what race. You might have a host of guys go to Chicago and drop out, hoping to come back in NY. If one of the big three marathons wants the benefit of having the olympic trials, then they should bid for it outright. I assume safeguards would be put in place, but Boston since it is last might be getting a lot of top american for free.
Say there are three really good marathoners in the US. Assume they all do one of the fall marathons, in theory the other guy would have it much easier in his race as he woulnd't have to race the other two guys.
I'm almost certain if athletes are consulted on this they'll be against the idea. It takes out the premise of everyone under the same circumstances, as a lot of gamesmanship would be involved in picking the fall races. The guys hoping to breakthrough and finish 3rd will be out of the picture.
I'm sure the people behind this say it will get more exposure for American athletes since the trials will be at each of the major US marathons. But in reality 1/3 of the trials will be at each of the races and the focus will be on the top few americans at each of these races like it is now.
Collusion often doesn't produce the best result.
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