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RE: Ritz on why Americans aren't going sub 2:10 and on Des Linden's comments about him joining Hansons team
I agree with you that top US runners wait too long to race marathons, Shorter was still in college when he tried his first one and was running them seriously a couple years after graduation. Your points about Ritz and Hall are good. I'd add that I think it's a mistake to become "only" a marathoner once you move to the distance. Guys like Shorter and Kenny Moore kept racing on the track and I think that kept their speed edge in marathons.

I do not agree with you that someone like Linden should either give specific information or say nothing. Innocent until proven guilty is a concept that only applies to criminal convictions. You could not possibly apply it to all aspects of life. If a set of parents find money missing from their house the day after they'd hired a baby sitter they have no proof that the baby sitter took it. But it's a perfectly reasonable assumption and no reasonable person would criticize then for not hiring that baby sitter again or from telling their friends who also hire baby sitters about their experience.

Many of us have questions about what goes on at NOP and mo one outside the program really knows. I have the right to say that I won't buy Nike products because I suspect Nike supports cheating and if Linden says she'd prefer not to be in a team with someone from NOP she has that right.

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