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RE: Boston analysis
I don't know enough about atmospheric conditions to chip in as to whether I agree or disagree with you on this, but is it safe to say that you cannot be convinced that you might be wrong, and that, no matter how the top men from Monday run in their next marathon, you'll use their results as evidence of your position? That just seems clear from your wording, that you don't meerly disagree with others who have a contrary position to yours, but that they're "mistaken."
If Mutai, Gebremariam and/or Mosop run within the range of their times from Monday at Chicago or Berlin, for example, won't you argue that now they're running those times because they're in better condition on a flat, looped course? And if they run a few minutes slower, won't you argue that their results are clear evidence that the conditions in Boston made that performance an outlier? Hall's going to be in a different boat because I would guess his next marathon will be at Houston.
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