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MarathonMind
RE: Steve Magness exploded against Almaz Ayana on twitter
There's something lacking in the analysis here. Someone did run 14:11, but it was not Ayana. It was Tirunesh Dibaba in 2008, the same year she ran 29:54 winning the gold in Beijing, age 23. Somehow though, Ayana, with a similar PR, ran 37 seconds faster for the longer distance than Dibaba was able to! Apparently though, Dibaba was dogging it back in 2008 as at age 31 she just broke her PR by 12 seconds.
Just looking at the numbers, it would seem these performances were super-enabled. It might be the track, it might be doping, but the numbers invite scrutiny.


benefit of the doubt wrote:

[quote]wejo wrote:

I haven't read this thread. But if a woman can run 14:11 I'm not surprised she ran run 29:17.

I'm not naive that some of these runners could be doping.

The US women haven't been competitive at 5000 for a while. Now the 10,000
But if Molly Huddle can run 30:13, and set a huge PR, why can't Ayana?

The conditions were perfect.

Where do we draw the line on who was and who wasn't doping in the race?


I haven't read it either, but you are right. The 10000 has always been soft because no one has ran it hard. Always sit and kick. 29:17 could be totally legit and the backlash is wrong IMO. Athletes aren't allowed to improve anymore?[/quote]

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