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RE: How strong is the half marathon WR? Could Kenny B beat it?
i think that this is a very strong WR.
Tadese doesn't have enough speed but he is very very strong (despite his bad marathons) guy. Don't forget that he is a 26:37 10000m guy while holding "only" a 12:59 5000m PR. That's amazing endurance and he was able to replicate that for the Half Marathon.
He's also mastered the HM distance for many years before setting his first WR and then he made it better.
we all agree Wanjiru had enough talent to be a Marathon WR contender, at least a 2h03 Marathoner, and yet a prime Wanjiru produced a 58:33 so 10s slower.
I will say that Tadese was the athlete than - when at his prime - could hold the sub2h pace for longer (maybe past 30km). He is known as the most economical athlete ever.
Bekele could challenge that WR that's for sure, but I doubt he would run under 58.
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