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RE: Shalane is slow!!!
2008 Kara Goucher ran 1:13:24/1:12:29
2010 Shalane ran 1:15:48/1:12:52
So it looks like Kara ran the better race by this measure alone, however, looking more closely at the closing splits:
.............. 35k ..... 40k ..... FIN
Kara G.: 2:00:39 2:18:04 2:25:53
Shalane: 2:04:39 2:21:07 2:28:40
We can see that Shalane closed stronger than Kara.
Also, forgetting that superhuman Paula Radcliffe led Kara's race, relegating her to fight out second place with Ludmila Petrova (Kara finished 3rd, 10 seconds back of Petrova) Shalane was right with her closest opponent as late as 40k (today she was 4 seconds back at that split). Kara had been dropped by both Paula and Petrova as soon as 35k, falling 18 seconds behind Petrova at that split.
Add to this the fact that Shalane skipped some late fluid stops, and I think it's a bit more impressive.

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