To the surprise of many, Dathan Ritzenhein said coming into this race, he believed he was going to win it. Ritz's comments were surprising because he trains with Olympic sivler medallist Galen Rupp.
Ritz said, "I really believed I was going to win the race...I've been training that good. I don't have the flat out raw speed that Galen does, but I've been having the best workouts I've had in 4 years".
Ritz is starting to fire on all cylinders as he entered this year healthy able to build on what he did last year, running 2:07 for the marathon in Chicago. Last year Ritz was coming off of injury and having to start from scratch.
This year Ritz is bridging the gap speed wise to training partners Rupp and double Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah. Meanwhile, in the longer stuff, Ritz is coming out on top of his training partners. He said, "I can't run 50 second intervals at the end of workouts (like Galen) but I've closed the gap where I can do 53, 54...(however) I can do the long stuff better."
When the talk turned to Moscow, Ritz said, "Best case scenario in Moscow I think I can medal" and he even talked about one of his "bucket-list" achievements being going sub-27.
Ritz indicated the faster race the better his medal chances and there is possibility he gets good weather and a fast race in Moscow.
"They might take it out fast this year. They haven't been able to beat Mo and Galen in a kick. That might be beneficial for me," Ritz said.
Moscow is a steeping stone for Ritz and the Chicago Marathon, but Ritz's success on the track this year, may keep him on the track.
He said, "maybe this is my last year on the track, but I'm running really welll right now."
Full interview with Ritz here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGRsqCFar1k