I'm just back to the Hotel after the press conference, where I could have the officiaL splits.
MAKAU (2:03:38, WR)
14:37 - 29:17 (14:40) - 43:52 (14:35) - 58:30 (14:38) - 1:01:44 HM - 1:13:18 (14:48) - 30 KM in 1:27:38 (14:20) WR - 1:42:16 (14:38) - 1:57:15 (14:59) - last 2,195m in 6'23"
FLORENCE KIPLAGAT (2:19:44)
16:37 - 33:16 (16:39) - 49:50 (16:34) - 1:06:32 (16:42) - 1:10:11 HM - 1:23:15 (16:43) - 1:39:48 (16:33) - 1:56:10 (16:22) - 2:12:30 (16:20) - last 2,195m in 7:14
Some consideration :
a) The weather was perfect
b) The pacers didn't work very well, because the pace was not even (km in 2:48 and in 3:02), so Patrick could run also faster
c) There are 6 Kenyan athletes that can beat the WR :
a part Makau, Geoffrey Mutai, Emanuel Mutai, Moses Mosop, Abel Kirui, Wilson Kipsang (and in the list we can add Sammy Kitwara, if and when decides to prepare marathon in a right way.
d) With the situation that there is in Kenya, I donìt think the WR is something can guaranty the selection for OG. Before Berlin, Makau was out, and the athletes I named before are very close as value, so their selection depends on their shape at the moment.
Personally, I think the only solution for AK is to ask to everybody to run London, selecting the first 3 Kenyans for the Kenyan Olympic Team.
e) About women, instead, the situation seems clear : 3 of them (Mary Keitany, Edna Kiplagat and Florence Kiplagat) are stronger than everybody else, and together with Lilya Shobukhova are the athletes for Olympic medals.
About Florence, I told her not to run too fast from the beginning, since the real goal was to finish the race in progression for cancelling from her mind the fright of marathon, after what happened in Boston (her shape was exactly like now). So, she finished in very good conditions, thinking is possible for her to run really faster.
I think Paula must be satisfied about her performance. She followed Florence and stimulated her till 15 km, and at 30k was still well ahead Irina Mikitienko (1:41:07 vs 1:41:31). She seemed in good efficiency, the only problem was a lack of specific training after all the problems she had. I think she can come back under 2:20 for next year.
Irina Mikitienko ran very well, using her normal strategy (negative splits) : 1:11:34 + 1:10:44, and overtake Paula at 33 km, finishing the last 2,195m at the same speed of Florence (7:12 Flo, 7:13 Irina).
Next step, Boston.