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RE: Are we witnessing the death of the marathon?
99% of marathoners couldn't name the winner. This isn't new issue. Most people would refer to the winner as a Kenyan. They might help the sport in terms of setting the bar high for other runners to break but the Kenyan runner does nothing for the sport in the spectator/popularity sense. This is something only Geb has been able to do. They know him well in Europe and Japan.
You'd be amazed how much having some personality/charisma could do to your career. I barely understood what the Chicago winner was saying in his interview. The agents find these guys raw from some place in Kenya and ship them off to a race without proper training in media relations. If anything, it's the agents that are ruining the marathon.
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