It's About Time!
I like the hard limits of 2:11:30 and 2:29:30. This seems to guarantee nobody slower than that in the race, which I think is good. In all past Games, there have been plenty that I'd have finished in front of.
What I DON'T like is the official LRC stance that if a country has 3 that meet whatever standards WA has come up with, they should be able to to send any 3, regardless of whether any of the particular 3 chosen by their federafion meet WA criteria. Terrible idea that I have read around 30 times on this site. One of the problems with the Bojos favorite theoretical rule change is that it would have to apply to every country with an Olympic Comittee.
All those clown that have no chance to break 3 hours (M) or 3:30 (W) do not need to be there. If that means Bhutan and Central African Republic don't get to send a single one, great! All nations whose fastest marathoner is slower than I am are cut out. WA is finally moving in that direction. If Haiti hopes to get someone in the race, they have to get someone under 2:11:30 or 2:29:30. Then, the marathon is like all other Olympic T&F events. In past Games, 6 minute 1500 runners and 35 second 100 runners have had no Olympic options. Finally, the marathon will be just like the other events!