I guess this is legal as they are making no attempt to hide it but Sara Hall has had private male pacers the entire way in Chicago.
What do you all think of this? The lead women had no pacers since I'm not sure when, halfway? Emma Bates didn't have a pacer for sure at the end.
This one hits close to home as when I "escorted" Paula to her first world record, the emphasis then was to try and make it a fair competition. I wasn't Paula's "escort", I was the leaders escort. At one point I told Brian Sell, the #2 pacer to drop back and run with Catherine Ndereba as once it got windy I felt that was more fair.
So what do you all think? Not a big deal? Unfair?
I think I'd be better if they told one man - run with the female leaders, told another to run with 2nd group. And keep it that way independent of who the athletes are.