I'm very happy to learn from you that Mary Keitany was on drug for running 65:50. I need to congratulate with some moron knowing everything from his house, never going to Kenya and never meeting Mary, but able to read in his magician's crystal ball what happens in Iten.
So, now I want to explain something that who is interested in athletics has to know.
1) Mary went to Rak HM with a schedule for the competition having the final goal of... 1:05:50 ! So, for us NOTHING strange, because from her training we saw her real condition.
2) Mary looks at London Marathon, and for running her best she doesn't look for money at the moment. For being more clear, she's an athlete following a very strict technical project, NOT DEPENDING FROM THE MONEY, well knowing that, in the today athletics, real money can arrive only if you win top marathons or top Championships, and for reaching thar goal you need to follow a technical program, competing not many times and chosing the intermediate goals for the last, big goal.
3) For the above reason, the choice of the coach of Mary, of Mary herself, of her management (the Italian Gianni Demadonna), of her physio and of myself as advisor, was to run on 19th February FOR TECHINCAL REASONS. Of course, when you bear two WR, at the end of the race there is also good money...
4) Mary Keitany has a very tough Coach, that follows very strictly technical strategical plans. This coach, 36 years old Italian, GABRIELE NICOLA, comes from my school, is from my town (Torino), follows my principles, has a very high moral value, and NEVER GIVES TO ANY ATHLETE SOME CHEMICAL SUPPORT, also if legal. This is my mentality, and I want everybody working with me can have the same mentality. If some coach or some athlete in our group only ASKS for something like this, WE KICK HIM IN HIS ASS AND CANCEL IMMEDIATELY ANY OPPORTUNITY OF WORKING WITH HIM OR HER.
5) This because in our opinion only athletes with a clean mind can become real champions, able to last and to reach their top shape when we want. Right or not, this is our phylosophy, and about this we are sticklers.
Now, I want to spend some words about Gabriele Nicola.
He is a follower of mine. In Torino (Turin) he worked as General Secretary for Turin Marathon, from 1994 (when was 20 years old only) till 2006. He absorbed, from myself, the passion for Track & Fields, and was able to have several experiences with managers and athletes while organising Turin Marathon (race with a RC of 2:07:44).
When he supposed to be ready for becoming professional coach, he was hired by Gianni Demadonna as coach of his management.
In this role, he used his experience in organisation, for creating, both in Kenya and Ethiopia, something able to support the athletes (he stays longer than 10 months per year in Kenya / Ethiopia).
So, the DAP (Demadonna management) created a camp in Iten, because I was in Iten and the fact to stay in the same place could be a good mutual support, and a specific organisation in Addis Abeba, where GABRIELE STARTED TO BUILD SOMETHING FROM NOTHING.
Now, after 4 years, his women athletes can be considered the BEST MARATHON GROUP IN THE WORLD :
In Kenya : Mary Keitany, Lydia Cheromei (2:23:01), Agnes Kiprop (2:24), Helena Kirop (2:24), now also Sharon Cherop (2:22:47), many athletes between 2:27 and 2:30, Peninah Arusei and Philes Ongori (medals in the last two editions of WHMCh), plus some athlete as Hilda Kibet (2:26) training with the group.
In Ethiopia : Aselefech Mergia and Aberu Kebede are the best, but there are more than 10 athletes under 2:30 and other 4 under 2:26.
My role in this organisation is to discuss with Gabriele the technical plans, BUT HE IS THE FULL RESPONSIBLE, now able to walk with his legs, also if our technical collaboration is always very close and strict.
So, when I see stupid posts from stupid people speaking in bad way about something they don't know, I ALWAYS GO TO DEFEND WHO IS DEFAMED WITHOUT ANY REASON AND ANY KNOWLEDGE, because one of the worst behavior in the World is to speak BEHIND somebody that you don't know, creating a "MUD'S MACHINE" that is the most disgusting way to speak about any situation.