Kara Goucher wrote:
I totally would have crushed Shalane if I ran today. My debut was so much faster and I ran against the best marathoner and my new best friend (Paula R.). Shalane played patty cake all day and thought she could sprint it in at the end. Try running a real marathon next time honey...now you see how hard it is Ms. 2:25!!! LOL!!!
So I guess Keitany doesn't make the U.S. team either.
Shalane will wake up tomorrow and realize she was made to run the marathon. She beat Keitany, who has a half marathon PR that is two minutes faster. When the two Kenyans opened a gap with two miles to go, she could have just defended her position, with a podium finish in hand. But she battled back in the late stages of a marathon.
SHE BATTLED BACK IN THE LATE STAGES OF A MARATHON.
2:25:53 vs. 2:28:40 numbers don't lie jerk!
Shalane will smash Kara and the rest of the field at the US Olympic trials! Shalane is just a tougher competitor hands down and Kara will be left in tears.
Shalane works hard. I can appreciate that.
You all are so quick to say that she's a crappy marathoner because she didn't run sub 2:25...well, Kipligat (the winner!) ran 2:28.20 AND has a previous best that basically equals Kara's 2:25 PR.
I guess we can all officially call Kipligat "slow" and conclude that she's on the fast track for failure since she was 3 minutes slower than her PR.
I thought Shalane ran an incredible gutsy race. I have not seen many Americans, male or female, compete like that in a long time. Given that Kiplagat threw in a 4:48 mile near the finish and Shalane battled back tells me she had a lot left in the tank. I would guess she can run 2:22-2:24 on a faster course.
Teyba Erkesso 2:23:53 in Houston
Christelle Daunay 2:24:22 in Paris
Inga Abitova 2:22:19 in London