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RE: OMG did Mary Keitany just run sub 1:06 half marathon WR?
That my friend is the biggest problem. Ethiopia pride itself in achieving the highest possilbe accolades in athletics; therefore, majority of its top 5000m/10000m talent stays on the track until late in their careers. While in Kenyan the managers and coaches rule their groups with more influence thus pushing and encouraging them to skip the track and go for the big payday marathons.

Would Ethiopia allow a 26:41 -Samuel Wanjiru (Ken)- 10000m WJR to move up to the marathon at age 20? NO!

Mary Keitany personal best 10000m 32:18.07 yet in her 1/2 marathon WR she passed a certified 10km in 30:45, 10 miles 50:05, and 1/2 marathon 1:05:50 (each point much faster than her track 10000m pace). Her coaches say she couldn't be a medalist in the 10000m. OH MY GOODNESS that's hogwash- they refuse to let her/offer the option to her and any of the other top female marathoners because Kenya's coaches and managers (Europeans) aren't about Kenya Pride but the quickest dollar.

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