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RE: Dr. Michael Joyner and LetsRun's Robert Johnson share their thoughts on what Eliud Kipchoge's 2:00:25 means
Not quite, rojo. Most races pay the winner regardless of finishing time. If the "race" is set up to reward only the first under-2:00, then the "sit-and-kick" strategy is undermined considerably, as no sub-2, not payout.
If it came down to 800m to go and both runners are right at 2:00 pace or slightly over, chances are the presence of a competitor will milk the last bit of adrenaline needed to go under. They will know they have to follow the pace until then or no $$. So it will be the best of both worlds in a sense.
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