I'm happy that both Sisson and D'Amato don't do that Boston/NYC circus each year. So so many fast times lost because Americans constantly do these two instead of faster ones. Still don't get why not more run Chicago which has historically quite sparse women fields. But the answer is like most of the time: money. I am certain Boston & NYC pat more appearance fee than London. Good on them for not just chasing the money.
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I think it's two reasons on Chicago: (1) the weather can be awful. Not like 60 degrees awful, but like 85 and humid awful. It can also be great weather, but it's a crap shoot. (2) I don't think they've historically had pacers, so it's not guaranteed to be a fast time unless you can stick with the eventual winner.
So excited that Hassan is in this race. She wants to see if the marathon is in her future, so she just signs up for a race with the most stacked field ever. She’s fearless. We already knew this from Tokyo, but this is just further confirmation.
Incredibly good field. Hassan will be interesting. Only major miss is Gidey who I presume is doing a track season after World Cross and Ruth Chepngetich (Nagoya?).
There hasn't been much said about Ayana but I really do think she's one to watch - 2:17 debut last year, negative split so I'm thinking there's room to get that time down. If the pack go out at 2:15 pace I'm fairly sure she'll go with it. Remember how dominant she was at Rio; never a kick but can hold a very fast tempo for a long long time - she's born for the marathon. Bear in mind only Gidey/Hassan have gone faster on the track - complete with super shoes and wavelights.
My blood is getting thicker just reading the press release.
Might as well invite Semenya and be done with it.
London actually has the largest appearance fee budget of all the majors...
One year it snowed and a Brazilian won
Who would win out of D’Amato, Hall, Bates, and Sisson on any course?