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RE: Wait, why is Kirui not the favorite?
Abel Kirui of course can be one of the favourite , if not only for his great career, but maybe not the favourite.
His personal best in the marathon is from 2009 2:05:04 in Rotterdam. Last year in London 2:07:45 for the 4thplace.
In London you will have this guys: Eliud Kipchoge pb 2:03:05" london 2016. Bekele pb 2:03:03 Berlin 2016
Wanjiru pb 2:05:21" London 2017 , Guye Adola 2:03:46 Berlin 2017
Then Lawrence Cherono 2:05:09 2017 in Amsterdam , Tola Shura Kitata 2:05:50 2017 Frankfurt
Then we have Bedan Karoki 2:07:41 pb 2017. But able to run 58:42 in 2018 and also 26:52 in 10000 in London World 2017
This guy of course can make great things in the marathon.
Same with Mo Farah his pb in the marathon 2:08:21 of course dont tell the truth of his potential. Anyway Mo is a guy that
in london 2017 10000 made 26:46" . So he's in his top shape ,Now we got to see how that great basic speed has been translated in his Marathon specific speed.
All these guys above are great favourite . The pace they will lead the race will be very important. Everybody says Eliud is the favourite, yes of course but every year also for him is more difficult and it can be also a suprise result. Look at last year Berlin and see what Guye Adola did. Those younger guys can run very very well next sunday. It will be a very tough race for sure.

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