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    So are these shoes not generally available?

    So are these shoes not generally available?
  2. Yeah, I doubt foreign arrivals would have...

    Yeah, I doubt foreign arrivals would have accounted for even 10% of attendance at any WC ever.
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    I don't see how that is true. Kosgei's mark is...

    I don't see how that is true. Kosgei's mark is more equivalent to Kipchoge's. But then again, so was Radcliffe's.
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    Or in full armor, like Philippides did :D

    Or in full armor, like Philippides did :D
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    If Kipchoge and Bekele don't do it, it could take...

    If Kipchoge and Bekele don't do it, it could take a while for runners of comparable caliber to crop up. Look at how long Bekele's WRs on the track have remained unchallenged.
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    I don't believe the drafting effect per se is of...

    I don't believe the drafting effect per se is of much significance in T&F, either. But protection from the wind does matter.
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    Sure I was intrigued to see whether he'd do it or...

    Sure I was intrigued to see whether he'd do it or not. But seeing a group run around at an exactly constant pace for 2 hours isn't exactly fascinating in itself. For most of the run I had the TV on,...
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    An interesting question was raised by one of the...

    An interesting question was raised by one of the Polish Eurosport commentators during the run: what was the purpose of having two guys run behind Kipchoge all the way?
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    And it was only 21 years ago that the first man...

    And it was only 21 years ago that the first man ran the marathon at average pace of more than 20 km/h, i.e. 72s/lap!
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    Kipchoge looked fairly comfortable at the sub-2...

    Kipchoge looked fairly comfortable at the sub-2 pace, too. Looking at his finish and the way he looked after the race, he could have probably run even faster.
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    Not just the PV, but pretty much all events,...

    Not just the PV, but pretty much all events, except possibly the throws. And not just in the US, but pretty much anywhere in the Western world.
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    I doubt a race between the two would be the best...

    I doubt a race between the two would be the best setup for a WR. It will almost inevitably lead to tactical games at some point. Better to have just one of them with no serious competition, focused...
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    As impressive a feat as it is, it was the...

    As impressive a feat as it is, it was the boringest piece of T&F I've ever watched in my life.
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    A little drizzle isn't necessarily a bad thing in...

    A little drizzle isn't necessarily a bad thing in the marathon.
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    I believe the idea is to keep the pace as...

    I believe the idea is to keep the pace as constant as possible.
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    2:05:48 by Sondre Norstad Moen in 2017. It was...

    2:05:48 by Sondre Norstad Moen in 2017. It was even the European record for a little while.
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    Just the opposite, actually. This is live on...

    Just the opposite, actually. This is live on Eurosport. The DL is only shown on premium channels.
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    And it's shown live on Eurosport as well! Very...

    And it's shown live on Eurosport as well! Very surprising they managed this, given that the timing of the run wasn't even confirmed until yesterday.
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    I'm not saying they will have a problem with...

    I'm not saying they will have a problem with maintaining the pace. But neither would 13:10-13:15 5000 specialists, who I suppose would come a lot cheaper.
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    That's pretty much how I feel about it, too....

    That's pretty much how I feel about it, too. Sure, it is a publicity stunt, but he still has to do it on his own two legs.
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    But what's the point of having 1500 specialists...

    But what's the point of having 1500 specialists as pacers, other than perhaps raising the profile of the event?
  22. Thread: Eliud Kipchoge

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    Certainly more than one. He finished sixth in...

    Certainly more than one. He finished sixth in Melbourne. Not sure how many others he might have done.
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    That's a big if, though. He just doesn't seem to...

    That's a big if, though. He just doesn't seem to have great natural speed. But then again, Nafi Thiam has done pretty well without being tremendously fast, and the decathlon is actually relatively...
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    I haven't heard anything specific, so I'm...

    I haven't heard anything specific, so I'm assuming it's going according to plan. She recently suggested she might not be retiring after Tokyo, as she had said previously, so it looks like she still...
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    But she didn't really take the event seriously....

    But she didn't really take the event seriously. Had she done that, she could have run a huge WR at the time. Remember she had been a pretty good 80m hurdler in her time, not far off the world top 10...
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