Not In Ithaca
Is it possible Bekele and Kipsang won't go with the pacers and Kipchoge? That would be such a waste of a race.From Dave Monti"Just as critical is the pace itself, something upon which Bekele, Kipchoge and Kipsang apparently do not agree. Kipchoge has requested a first-half split of 1:00:45, a pace of 2:53 per kilometer, which would produce a finish time of 2:01:30 assuming a level pace. When asked about this at today's press conference, Bekele said he didn't want to go out that fast."That's not my goal; that's not my plan," Bekele said before breaking into a nervous smile. He added: "Really, I want to listen to my body during the race, and what's going on. I don't want to stress myself."Kipsang agreed, saying that 1:01:00 to 1:01:15 was fast enough. Bekele refused to say how fast he planned to go.
I'm very upset about the pacing. Apparently 60:45 is the pace unless it rains and then they'll shoot for 61:00.
I now am rooting for Bekele. I think it shows you how it's a tough sport. He's got the same agent as Hermens. Who is advocating on his behalf? Bekele has the better pb than Kipchoge. I'd argue - hey I'm the GOAT - I want the pacers do go out in 61:15.
I guess the difference between 61:15 and 61:00 is only 1 second per mile. I guess 61:15 and 60:45 is only 2 seconds per mile. But the fastest split ever run in a marathon ins 61:11 - by Bekele last year.