I was really looking forward to the Olympic marathon, but now not so much. In my opinion, the two best marathoners on the planet will be absent. Does the selection committee not remember how Makau broke Geb in Berlin last September, or how Geoffrey Mutai abolutely buried Emmanuel Mutai and Tsegaye Kebede in New York last November? The third best marathoner will be there, but if W Kipsang doesn't have a very good day, I can see the Kenyans getting shut out of the medals entirely. Depressing.
Anyhow, I briefly got to meet Geoffrey Mutai a few weeks ago, when he was here in Ottawa to run a 10k. The day before he smoked a pretty decent field. What a nice guy. I said how disappointed I was that he didn't make the team, and said that he and Makau should race each other this fall, maybe in Berlin. Don't know if he understood, or if he was joking around, but he said "Maybe we will". Now that's a race I'd pay to see. More so than the Olympic marathon, to be honest.