hear me out bro wrote:
Meb always kicks Hall's ass. This time will be no exception.
In terms of marathons, Meb has beaten Hall at:
2009 NYC Marathon
2012 Olympic Trials
2012 Olympics (Hall DNF'd)
Hall has beaten Meb at:
2008 Olympic Trials
2010 Boston Marathon
Meb has the advantage, but of the 2 races they've both done healthy, they're 1 and 1.
Also, yeah, Meb is aging, but his last 3 marathons have been 3 of his top 5:
2:09:13 PR at NYC 2011
2:09:08 PR and win on a challenging course at Olympic trials
2:11:06 for 4th on a quite slow course at London Olympics
The only 2 marathon performances of his career at or higher than this level are his 2009 NYC Marathon Win and his 2004 Olympic Silver.
So, yeah, Meb has been pretty solid lately. You can never count him out.
That said, I think Hall is due to rip one and he sounds a little more levelheaded this time around. Neither has much shot at the win, but they could go top 3 and I give Hall the edge.