If I ever had to bet on a World Marathon Major or another marathon that was "loaded" (at least in the next few years), then I am putting money on Emmanuel Mutai and Tsegaye Kebede. Those two have never DNF'd any of their marathons (over 10 for each of them), they have both won numerous big marathons, have run fast times, and most importantly know how to put themselves in position to win. E. Mutai didn't quite bring his A game in all regards (he was close), but Kebede read this years London Marathon nearly perfectly-on-the-fly. Is there anyone out there that while running a 61-62 minute first half of a marathon, then position themselves to finish stronger than the rest of the field ahead of them? I say the dude is one smart marathoner. Would've won gold in '08 if not for the greatness of Wanjiru.
rupp-certified saladbar wrote:
rupp-certified saladbar wrote:Always happens...they get off pace and try to make it up all at once rather than over several miles. God knows what the officials are yelling at them from the truck.
I own a typewriter wrote:
That's your 9th inane post of the day.
Did you have something to add about the uneven pacing? No? Then STFU.
G Mutai seems to have dropped between 30 and 35k. 20-25k in 14:30, 25-30k in 15:49, and then nothing.
Seems like he was being intelligent and saving himself because he knows he's having a really bad race, unlike Makau who chose to jog to a 2:14.