Wanjuri's run at the Olympic still shocks me.
Hard to compare to Mutai's run in NY.
Honestly I really don't know which is better.
Boston was great but 20 MPH sustained wind at their backs makes you wonder what Mutai would have run on this past Sunday if thrown into those same conditions.
I mean Hall ran a 2:04 in Boston. That ought to tell you something. Not like he is a slouch or anything but I don't think he was in the same shape as he was when he ran that 59 minute half in Houston followed by that great run in London.
I think all the comments about non-paced Marathons are spot on. Get rid of the pacers! They make for boring races!
Who knows, after the ruling on the women's WR times they might wipe the board someday on pace aided records for men. Anything is possible as we have seen.
The thing about Boston is that it did have a pacer- Ryan Hall. He may not have been paid to paceset and certainly didn't drop out but he essentially took on the role of a pacesetter. The only problems with pacers are if the field is not deep enough that there is only one racer following the pacer or if no one bothers to follow the set pace.