Moves past Meb.
LRC Quick takes by Jonathan Gault:
Obviously this is a huge deal and shakes up the Olympic Trials. A few takeaways:
1) Korir showed his marathon potential two years ago when he ran a 59:52 half in New Delhi. But when I spoke to him at Falmouth in August 2019, I asked him specifically about the marathon and he didn't seem that interested in it as a lot of people had told him how hard it is. He made it look easy today.
2) Korir ran the 10k at Worlds two weeks ago, finishing 13th in 28:05. Was he just training through that and focused on the marathon all along? I'd love to know what his thought process and preparation was like. I reached out to his coach Scott Simmons multiple times this week before the race and he never got back to me.
3) I'm not calling Korir a lock for the team. Yes, 2:07:56 is incredible for an American. But Rupp has run 2:06, and both Fauble and Ward have run 2:09 in Boston. Atlanta is a hilly course and it's a championship marathon. Anything can happen. Ritz didn't make the team in 2012 and went on to run 2:07 that fall.
4) Yes, he was probably wearing Vaporfly Next% shoes. Admittedly, I don't know this for sure, but Korir is part of WCAP and WCAP is sponsored by Nike. I assume he was wearing the Vaporflys.