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RE: Deriba Merga - How Does He Do It? Who Else Has Had Done This?

Bikila reincarnated? wrote:I have no doubt that he could have broken the 10K record in on sunday if the pace setting had been good.
The pacing was as good as could be hoped for. I was at the finish line, and the announcer said they were through 5k in 13:31, which is dead on WB pace. Merga then pulled away from the pacemaker (Boaz Cheboiywo), who ended up 2nd, nearly a minute behind.

That course is NOT a world record quality course. It has a couple of decent climbs, and a fair number of turns. I was very surprised he got as close as he did. Glad I was there to see it. It must be the fastest 10k ever run on Canadian soil. And I wouldn't be surprised if the 5k split was faster than any legit road 5k ever run on Canadian soil.

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