Ladies' pace was agreed on yesterday - 3:07 / 3:08 per km. Entire pro-field was present after technical meeting and everyone agreed. 66 flat and then we see what happens.
There was so much nervousness in opening 5km of the women's race. Two very fast opening kms and me shouting from the lead car for pace reset and for some peace. After 3:17 for 3rd km we found the rhythm and group settled down a bit, but still not enough.
There were several windy long stretches in first 11km and from around 8km it was clear that Peres was the most aggressive and most confident of all.
Peres was seaking hip of a pacemaker from around 7-8km and would not settle to run behind. She actually pushed several times between pacemakers and, overall, things became more solid once second pacemaker slided backwards to assist second group which was formed.
First shout of WR threat was made at 18km. It looked for a moment that 64:XX will be printed, but it was not to be.
Our management had Joyciline Jeokosgei in the race, 2 pacemakers in ladies' race and male pacemaker who took men out in 27:52.
Dibaba seems to have suffered from a major blister and was treated after the race. Blood visible through the front part of one her shoes.
In informal talks after the race, Peres, Mary, Joyciline and Jemima have expressed their happiness with the pacemakers.
WRs are hard to come by in pure racing environment and today we got WR and several big PBs in ladies race.
Not pretty, but truly beautiful.