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RE: If That Wasn't The Greatest Marathon Ever Run, What Was
I'm going to pull out the "I was at Boston and New York this year" card and comment. His 2:05:06 in New York is more impressive to me than his 2:03:03 in Boston. The tailwind in Boston made a huge difference probably worth a couple of minutes. New York had the perfect temperature, but the wind was basically a complete non-factor either way. It made the Queensboro Bridge near mile 16 almost totally unbearable, but otherwise it was pretty ignorable one way or another.
The hills and surfaces in New York are far worse than Boston. Boston just has a few nicely paved hills that come here or there. New York is fairly rolling in areas and the ground is a concrete patchwork that can be bad on the legs, plus there's always a concrete bridge coming up just when you get complacent. That bridge at 16 is brutal and then the road from 16-20 is a fairly terrible surface. I'm totally shocked that even Mutai could run a 2:05:06 on that. I think it's better than his Boston run and better than Makau's run in terms of difficulty. Sammy's run was at the Olympics, which gives it a whole other dimension, plus what everyone is saying about each race being its own great moment.
If I'm Athletics Kenya, Geoffrey Mutai is the first person I'm putting on that team. I don't envy the decision those guys will have to make, but I suppose it's a good problem to have. The odds of Kenya getting the gold are huge.
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