Skeptical gfghjj wrote:
Sounds like revisionist history to me. Write the story now that the ending is here...
To a small extent, the piece reminds me a little bit of sports writing back in the day where a mythical narrative is assigned to everything. But the beauty is we'll never know. To be honest, I feel like two tough as nails, stockier runners won.
But we'll never know if Kawauchi's fast early pace caused more men to totally hit a wall or not. Yes, virtually all of the elite women - who have higher body fat on average and thus might be warmer - also completely were overcome by the weather in a race where they were barely running from the first step. They were going so so slow and the result was still carnage - the same carnage we saw in the men's race.
So maybe Kawauchi would have won regardless. We'll never know. But then again, the women were out there for nearly a full half hour longer so they had more time to succumb to the conditions.