The third place showing likely will motivate her to continue to dream big, but we need to also acknowledge what we acknowledged going in - the women's field wasn't super strong this year. In the end, only two women broke 2:25.
Yes the 73 first half made a sub-2:25 somewhat hard to accomplish given the 2nd half is hilly but it was doable. In 2017 Hasay ran 72:33 - 70:37 to run 2:23:00. Today, after a 73:08 first half, she ran a 72:12 2nd half.
Coming in there was 3 that I thought were better than Hasay and 2 of them beat her. Hasay taking third over Meskerem Assefa of Ethiopia (2:20:36 pb) was nice as Assefa has won 4 marathons in the last 2 years including Nagoya and Frankfurt last year, but I don't think she's quite back to where she was.
So a big step in the right direction but let's see if she can keep this momentum going.
LRC Note: Brakes was initially mispelled as breaks.