US Men's Marathon Olympic Trials - Race
Recap. (LetsRun.com co-founder Weldon Johnson offers his post-race
feelings on his 25th place showing and recounts his race here).
|There's no need for us to go into
Rod DeHaven's win as tons of other websites/newspapers are going
to tell you how he did. Click here for a full-recap from Runner's World.
The only thing we'll say is that the weather was BRUTAL. Americans
may not be as fast as the Kenyans or what not, but they don't
completely suck either. Rod DeHaven ran a heck of a race - LetsRun.com
running guru John Kellogg says his performance is equal to at
least a 2:11:00 if run in Chicago, but it's almost not fair to
compare times. Running a race in the heat is almost a different
sport - hence some random guy seems to win the Olympic Marathon
often nowadays. Our goal at LetsRun.com is to provide you with
interesting odds and ends from the race that you wouldn't learn
Status for Rod DeHaven?
has learned that both Joe LeMay and David Morris were drug-tested
after the race, leading to speculation that USATF will petition
the IAAF behind the scenes to have Rod DeHaven granted an "A"
qualifier. We can think of little reason why both LeMay and Morris
would be drug-tested as they finished in 61st and 38th place
respectively unless USATF was going to try to get them on the
Olympic Team by having Rod DeHaven granted "A" qualifier
status. DeHaven could be granted the "A" status for
either today's performance or for his 24th place showing at the
World Championships last Fall when the top 20 were all retroactively
granted "A" status.
|Thumbs Up To
Todd Williams/David Morris
|We're sure that both Todd Williams and American record-holder
David Morris will be criticized in the media for coming in 41st
and 38th place in 2:30:18 and 2:29:26 respectively, but we believe
both men should be commended for finishing the race when it was
obvious that neither one of them was going to qualify for the
Trials or even finish in the money. Todd was seen walking at
mile 18, clutching his side while David bent over at mile 15,
but both men at least managed to finish the race. We're sure
that a bunch of people will say that even Oprah can finish a
marathon, but these idiots obviously don't properly understand
that these guys had absolutely no reason to finish the race except
to gain a small sense of self-satisfaction. Joe LeMay also deserves
a small thumbs up as he finished way back, but he wasn't in the
type of pain that Morris and Williams were because he never put
himself into contention.
Me A Break - A T.V. Break!!
|Flagstaff, Arizona-based Carlos Paradelo, who has
been battling a variety of injuries the last few months, didn't
expect to have a great performance today and he didn't as he
finished in 2:46:32 in 73rd place. However, he had a good attitude
about the whole thing and made the best of a bad situation by
joining in the fun had by 45 LetsRun.Com Team Wejo members (that's
the 45 people who traveled to the race in support of the LetsRun.com's
Weldon Johnson and wore the official LetsRun.com t-shirts throughout
the day.) When Paradelo ran by about 10 Team Wejo members at
around mile 22, he turned to them to ask how his occasional training
partner Weldon Johnson was doing. They told him Weldon had faded
to 20th and Paradelo then asked who was winning the race. They
responded, "DeHaven and he's about to finish. Do you want
to watch (on our portable t.v.)?" Paradelo ran a few steps,
stopped, and said, "Sure." He then turned around and
stopped for about three minutes to watch DeHaven earn his Olympic
birth. Paradelo then proceeded to finish the race. His t.v. addiction
wasn't all that costly as he was only passed by one runner during
his television break.
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