Some interesting stats are that there has been 366 sub-60 half-marathon performances, but only 9 of them are non-African and only 6 of them came before 2000.
*59:01 Man Kenneth Kipkemoi Leads Extremely Deep Men's Field With About 40 Sub-63 Minute Runners Brit Callum Hawkins (60:24) is also racing.
Farah will go for his 3rd successive victory as his wife takes part as a "fun-runner".
The 14:28 5K runner ran 1:17:05 at the Hotlanta Half in dress shoes specially designed for running.
So UK Athletics is okay with marathoners racing a half one month before Rio, but not a sprinter doing a 400?
The men's race is lead by Abraham Kasongor (60:25), Mustapha El Aziz (60:39) and Simon Tesfai (61:00).
Yuki Kawauchi was 5th (64:35).
Whitlock ran 1:50:47 (8:27 pace), but said he was shooting for 1:45 as he aims to not get more than 1% slower on the age-grading tables each year. Whitlock had several gem quotes including:
“Even though I set the world record last weekend, I was not that happy about it, because I didn’t run as well as I thought I ought to. I only get antsy about getting slower when I’m getting slower faster than I ought to.”
“About 15 years ago, when I was having trouble with my knees, I did go see a doctor. I went to a specialist and their diagnosis was nothing could be done and [my] running days [were] over…So I’ve done a lot of running since then.”
“If somehow or other, I could race well without doing any training, that would be ideal. I find this training a bit of a drudge really ... It’s all a bit of a chore, really, but I have to [put in a lot of time running] if I want to run well.”
The race was set-up to help reverse the population decline of Kawauchi Village; an area affected by a nuclear power plant accident 5-years ago.
Whitlock now holds more than 80 age group world records at distances from 1500 to the marathon.
*MB: Ed Whitlock half marathon world record!!
On the men's side, Mosinet Geremew won defended his title in 60:43 after winning a five-man battle in the last 300m which saw the top-5 finish within 4-seconds of each other.
Jepchirchir faces Worknesh Degefa (66:14) while the men's race has eight sub-60 men including Feyisa Lilesa (59:22), Edwin Kipyego (59:30) and 2:04 marathon man Dickson Chumba.
Jepchumba took almost 4-minutes off her PB and was on WR pace through 10K (30:29). On the men's side, Daniel Wanjiru overcame a mid-race fall to win in 59:20 with the top-5 all sub-60 minutes.
The writer doesn't think Huddle should have been so indignant about people questioning whether she should have been DQed.
*MB: Molly Huddle Interference? Should Huddle have been DQd for flailing her arms out at United Airlines NYC Half?