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Commenting Live On The Boston Marathon Broadcast
This is the impressions as LRC watched the race. Considering every year one of our biggest pet-peeves is how the announcers at Boston miss seemingly everything of importance to the LRC community, we thought we'd give you the key things as they happened. Start at the bottom and scroll up. We give you a ton of mile splits that you wouldn't get.
12:29 Here are the Hanson Runners and their finishes. Brian Sell 14th 2:16:31, Pat Rizzo 15th 2:17:05, Luke Humphrey 16th (2:18:48), Todd Snyder 18th (2:19:55), Kyle OBrien 19th (2:20:55) and Fred Joslyn 35th (2:27:10).
Top 15 On Men's Side
Top 15 Women's
12:24 pm: Merga's post race interview. He said coming into the race he planned on going at 35km but once in the race made his move at 28km.
12:08 Tv Commentators say again "Ethiopia for the sweep". Not true. Hall is charging for 2nd. He's in 3rd now.
12:07 PM- They finally show the men's race and they show Merga for the first time in 10 minutes. They say, "It's Ethiopia on the women's side and on the men's side." Not true. A Kenyan just won.
12:05? They are barely excited. That was one of the greatest finishes ever. Salina Kosgei. Tune collapses at the line. What a sprint finish!!!
2:30 and we can't see what is happening. Unbelievbale...
11:58- Goucher has a chance. Tune went for water Goucher didn't. Just over a mmile to go.2:25:58 at 25 miles.
11:57 - We are 10 minutes from the finish of both races and I haven't seen a man in 5 minutes. How about a split screen?
11:51- OK the35km splits are online and the telecast is again wrong. Hall is 36 seconds back. That's not good as he needs a blowup. Daniel Rono is 7 seconds ahead of hall at 35k. Hall is running with Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot. 4:53 ro 4 ro Merga last mile so he's doing well.
1:51 - They say Hall is 22 seconds back. He's not gaining if that's true but he's not losing. Merga looks good now that they are going downhill and he's not looking back.
11:49 - Once the 35k split pops up. We'll know if Hall has a chance or not.
11:47 - 1:46:22 for 35k for Merga so that's a 15:22 roughly.Merga keeps looking back.
5:08 up heartbreak for Merga. Merga keeps looking back and Hall is only 23 seconds back.
11:42 - Merga is looking over his shoulder. He has another 25 minutes to run. He looks good and is clear but that can't be a great sign.
11:36- At 30km. Cheruiyot is done. He's 52 seconds behing. Ryan Hall is 24 seconds back of Merga. If Merga blows up, Hall could do it!!
11:31 1:31:00 at 30km. That's a 14:50 for the last 5km. Merga has thrown it down again.He's dropped Rono. Now we are watching the women jog.
11:27:00 Maybe hall isn't finished. He's right with Cheruiyot and Merga is known for blowing it too early. 1:28:00 at 18 and Hall is only 10 seconds back That mile is slightly up hill (50 feet) but they only ran 5:00.
17 miles 11:23:00. that was like a 4:38. That is INSANE IF OUR SPLITS OUR RIGHT AS THAT MILE IS WAY UPHILL. We're not trusting that split. Rawson still said it was 4:51 which makes more sense but that's really fast as it's uphill. Hall appears finished for the win.
11:20 : 4:44 for that last mile. 16th mile. A big part of that was downhill. Hall certainly looks to be in big trouble to us. He's moving up but this doesn't look like someone who is going to win the race. Well hall is passing guys but the problem is there are 8 ahead of him. It's Mola and Merga in the lead. Cheruiyot is in 4th. He's also been gapped. They are about to go up Hearbreak. The top 3 are clear.
17 miles 1:23:00. that was like a 4:38. That is INSANE IF OUR SPLITS OUR RIGHT AS THAT MILE IS WAY UPHILL.
11:18 - Stephen Kiagora has gone big just past 25km and Ev ans Cheruiyot is chasing him.Will Hall respond?
11:17 - 15:46 for last 5k. That's very slow. 25k roughly 1:16:10.
11:14 : Looking for course elevation? Click here: http://www.csurun.org/maps/BAA/
Pace is so slow De Reuck has lead 1:42 into women's race!!! Go Colleen.
Luke Humphrey on 2:15:22 pace at half-way.
11:07 - Hanson's updates. Ok. Sell is having a disaster. He just ran 16:13 5k to 20k and is on 2:13 pace. Joslyn is on 2:18:50 pace.
11:03 - Brian Sell is on 2:11:52 pace at 15km.
11:01: Ok. I really really hope that Hall does well as I don't awant to hear how Hall's first 5k was stupid if he doesn't do well. It wasn't stupid. Merga to the lead.
10:58 - 58:06 at 12 miles for the men. Rawson just said 58:15 not true.
10:56 - Ok, the men's pace isn't too hot as there is a guy with a non-elite big still with the lead pack and we are in nearing 1 hour into the race. #103 is 40 year old James Koskei. Koskei iran 2:14:02 in Dubai last January. A 27:35 guy 10 years ago. Also 13:04.
10:51 - They finally showed a useful ting on the telecast. 44:44 at 15km this year for them as compared to 44:51 when Cheruiyot got the course record (that year they went out really slow for 5k and then hammered).
10:48 - 1:14:15 for 20k for the ladies (according to us not them). 18:34 for the last 5k. Still slow. They just said they are past the half-way mark. Last time we checked the m arathon halfway mark was 21.1 km.
10:45 - 44:45 for 15k it looks like so that's a 15:15 last 5k. That's 4:55 mile pace for the last 5k.
10:42 - Ok, this is going to be a problem. The men and women are going to finish very close together. It always drives us nuts as the men's and women's race hit the key parts of the race at the same time. They should do it 20 minutes apart as in the old days.
10:39: They missed the 8 mile split for the men.
10:35: Women are on 2:36:45 pace at 15k. Men are on 2:04:27 pace at 10km. That isn't unreal fast as again the thing is way downhill. Compared to London, the pace is actually probably slow for Hall.
10:30 - 29:28 for 10k. CLose to another 4:50 if my bad math is ok. The pace isn't that hot for Hall. I mean the start is way, way downhill.
10:27 - Women' went 18:59 for 5k and then 18:07 for 2nd 5k. Now 18:35 for 3rd 5k.
10:25 - 5 miles at 23:38. That's a 4:50 and Larry is talking about rice husks. 13 guys in th lead pack. Ok they are saying 4:49, they actually are getting the split right now.
10:22 If you want to track atheltes, by bib number and get real splits, we recommend the following site: http://www.bostonmarathon.org/2009/cf/Public/TrackingIndividual.cfm?mode=multiple&LimitReached=1&IDList=%3D(P7%20W%2C0520D%25W^%2C72ZC%20%23\S%40R]*8!1%3EU%3A1D%2BQ%20P%20%0A
10:16 - Ok rawson claims it's 4:44 for the 3rd mile. No idea if he's telling the truth.
10:05 - 2:50 for first k and 4:39 for 1st mile. At least they showed the split. Rawson wasn't observant enough to see it. Now he faslely is claiming it's 4:48. What an idiot.
10:04 - Larry Rawson has finally said the first useful thing, "Ryan Hall isn't fooling around."
9:54 Oh god. They are about to start the men's race and it's dawning on me the women are giong to finish about 7 minutes before the mena nd they'll probably show some stupid-post race shot of the women's winner instead fo seeing the decisive moments of the men's race. I'm just getting ready for it.
9:51 Back from the wheelchair vignette and we've missed seeing the #3 thing I've wanted to see - the 3 mile split.
9:50 - Oh my god. Here we go. I was fearing they'd give attention to the wheelchair event and sure enough they are doing it.
9:46 am - Somehow they missed the 2nd thing that I wanted to see. The 2nd mile split. Ok, at least they told it to me. It's 6:05.
9:45 We have to watch some Kara Goucher vignette. I guess it's not that bad but do they do this stuff in the middle of the Tour de France? I don't think so. They certainly
9:40 back from commercial and Larry Rawson is proven to be incorrect as he falsesly said the first mile was going to be between 6:30 and 7:00 and it's 6:25.
9:38 - Somehow they missed the first mile split. THE ONE THING I AND HALF THE PEOPLE WATCHING LIVE WANT TO KNOW IS MISSED AND NOW WE HAVE TO HEAR LARRY COMPLAIN ABOUT THE PACE. Commercial break....
9:33 "Oh shit. Larry Rawson is commentating. I was praying for a Brit or even Ed Eyestone.
"9:20 am- 9:32 "What the ** is wrong with this computer or Universal sports website. Why is it always so hard to get this thing to work?"