oh really and was KK complaining? its like saying he should of been sub 2:05....
I don't think he was complaining at all, I think the statement was made to add to Paula's accomplishment. And, I give her credit for not hiding behind people in trying to block the wind. It WAS windy that day, and the last 3 miles was dead into a 20 mph breeze. Even thought KK didn't break the WR I think what he did given the elements was awesome as well.
Paula never said anything about the wind. That wasn't the point. Khalid would have had the world record too in my opinion without the wind at the end.
I agree, but it wouldn't have been by much. He only had a small cushion when he came out of the tunnel, I'm surprised he didn't fade off WR time more. He was pushing hard to catch Takaoka, whatever final kick he had was sapped by the headwind... imho.
BTW Wejo, I just watched the video over the weekend. When Paula picked up the pace when you hit 25 and dropped you, you still looked like you had a little something at the end. Did you just let her go so you wouldn't psych her out, or was she just too fast to keep it and wasn't worth the energy since you had your sub-2:20?
Khalid would have had the world record too in my opinion without the wind at the end.
I think he would have too, and I was there to experience it as well. I have a lot of respect for the times of Khalid/Paula, and any other elite runner (of ANY runner I guess) unlucky enough to have to fight that wind by themselves. A big part of my 2:29 was that myself and my pace partner managed to play Swedish relay with the lines of runners I was passing and stay mostly out of the wind until mile 22. I have to say the other guy did a lot more wind-breaking than me too. After 22 I got stuck alone and really lost some time.
I didn't hear many people using the wind as an excuse, but we all knew it was a big factor that day.