Oh Please wrote:
One fallacy is that the OT Marathon is entertaining. It is most definitely not. Any one surprised that going back to the last three that it was Hall, Meb, and Rupp? Not me. Those guys knew they had it in the bag and could goof around for the first half and then pick a time to hammer it home.
Now ROJO keeps bring up Ward in 6th, but who gives a crap, really? Quick, who was 6th in the 400h? Ward in 6th is as we all know a result of Kenya and Ethiopia having only 3 in the race. The only good Olympic marathon in recent history is 2008 thanks to Wanjiru and Merga.
It is better to force Americans to go run fast some where. Look what happened in Boston. All of a sudden we have two more sub 210. Good for both of them. Yea, Ward is one, and that just proves that he was better than that 2:13 anyway.
Just because it does not enterain you, does not mean its not entertaining to some. In fact tv ratings suggest that the OT marathon is entertaining to enough people to continue with it (look them up before you spout bs). This premise that everyone likes the same things as you has led you to false conclusions. You can go watch a dog show or whatever you enjoy while the rest of us enjoy the final event of the olympics.
I think every nation should be allowed 10 athletes in the olympic marathon with the cut off being 3 hours for women and 2 hrs 40 mins for men. A field size of even 3000 is not too large. Sure only 20 people would even be in the race, but we could generate some interest in developing nations outside east Africa, bringing even more excitement to the event.