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Subject: RE: 2004 Olympic Marathon. What happened the Africans?s
Apart from Tergat with his 2.05 and 2.04 the rest of the field was pretty even on times. Tergat said the chilled water caused him stomach cramps. He also had only previously raced fast flat cool marathons.
Wainaina was a good championship runner but his best time was only 2.08.
Gharib was World Champ but had a best of 2.07.02 at the time.
Tolosa had a 2.08 best in 04. previously only 2.10.
Thys had run as fast as 2.06 but that was back in 99. He ran 2.08 in 03 and 2.07 in 04 leading to the games.
Of the non Africans.
Baldini had been a consistent 2.07/08 runner
Meb was the 10000m man moving up, often a successful move in the Olympics. He had run as fast as 27.13 and ran 27.24 in 04.
De Lima had run 2.08 in 98/99/2000. He ran 2.09 in early 04.
Brown was a 27.18 10000m man back in the 90s. His 2 4th place OG marathons suggest he knew how to get it right in the big one.
Abureya had run 2.07 back in 01.
Suwa 2.07 in 03.
Chaica 4th in the WC in 03 with a 2.09 54 secs behind Gharib.
Di Cecco ran 2.08 in 03.
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