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The removal of the cobblestones was supposed to shave 45 seconds from the elites' times. If that was the case, Lel would have been 2:08+ and Paula 2:18:27. Perhaps the weather hampered them. Really, the rule about male pacemakers is patently absurd and should be completely done away with.
Among IAAF failures in logic, this is one of the biggest, perhaps also with doing away with half the eligible Golden League events each year (i.e., last year, I believe there was no men's 400 and only a few women's 800, essentially preventing Maria Mutola from winning a million dollars again unless she took up high jumping or some such foregin event).
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