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  1. Interesting story in the Washington Post about...

    Interesting story in the Washington Post about the air conditioning of Qatar--and not just the stadiums.
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    That's next. :-)

    That's next. :-)
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    Kipchoge doesn't know what to do about buying...

    Kipchoge doesn't know what to do about buying photos of the race:

    https://dumbrunner.com/news-blog/2019/10/15/kipchoge-weighs-buying-race-photos-vs-just-sharing-watermarked-versions

    :-)
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    Note that if the Olympics had been held this year...

    Note that if the Olympics had been held this year on the same dates as the 1964 Olympics were held, they would have hit by a typhoon.
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    Trevor Noah of Comedy Central comments on...

    Trevor Noah of Comedy Central comments on Kipchoge's feat in the first two minutes of this clip:
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    As noted elsewhere, tv would not permit the...

    As noted elsewhere, tv would not permit the Olympics to be held in October now.
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    Baughan, not Vaughan.

    Baughan, not Vaughan.
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    Are you suggesting that the IAAF wanted to call...

    Are you suggesting that the IAAF wanted to call her a male?
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    A new ad compares playing tackle football to...

    A new ad compares playing tackle football to smoking.

    https://newschannel9.com/news/local/east-hamilton-high-taking-extra-steps-to-avoid-football-concussions
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    Compared to some of these dudes, robots are...

    Compared to some of these dudes, robots are slowpokes, so far:

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/15/technology/robot-hand-rubiks-cube.html
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    Japan has actually hosted 3 Olympics since the...

    Japan has actually hosted 3 Olympics since the Korean War ended--Tokyo '64 and two Winter Games (Sapporo '72 and Nagano '98). In any event, the end of the Korean War in 1953 is not relevant. The...
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    I'm not sure what you mean by "force fit". She...

    I'm not sure what you mean by "force fit". She self-identified as a female for her entire life. Nobody forced her to do that or to compete as a female. What's now being done is forcing her out of...
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    She also did a find job of chasing Muhammad in...

    She also did a find job of chasing Muhammad in the 400H final in Doha.
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    It was rhymans, not I, who got the right answer.

    It was rhymans, not I, who got the right answer.
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    Was there really a hyphen in his name? Wiki...

    Was there really a hyphen in his name? Wiki doesn't think so (but we know they're not infallible).
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    I doubt that the Vienna course was 42237 meters. ...

    I doubt that the Vienna course was 42237 meters. If the distance was double checked by top-level course measurers, there's no reason for them to have built in the short course prevention factor and,...
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    Bump! I've updated the list that is included...

    Bump!

    I've updated the list that is included in the post that began this thread. It now includes marks from Doha, my last meet as a spectator until next year's indoor season.

    For those who...
  18. Out-of-the-way place--yes, a factor. Bad...

    Out-of-the-way place--yes, a factor.
    Bad weather--yes, a factor
    Political estrangement from its neighbors--yes, probably affected some tourism from those countries.
    Stadium built with slave...
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    Yes, definitely typos. It's 2:17.01. Thank you.

    Yes, definitely typos. It's 2:17.01. Thank you.
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    Of course, the pacing wasn't nearly as contrived...

    Of course, the pacing wasn't nearly as contrived as Kipchoge's, but it should be noted that she ran much of the race behind two male pace-makers, and her final time was nearly three minutes faster...
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    I'm struck, as I have been in the past, by how...

    I'm struck, as I have been in the past, by how few people are on the streets watching the runners go by. Nothing like New York.
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    I've got both Gold and that local feed open on...

    I've got both Gold and that local feed open on separate tabs. That way I can watch the Gold and listen to the local commentary.
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    Try this: ...

    Try this:

    https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/chicago-marathon-watch-live-stream-finish-line-560240821.html
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    Here's a stream with commentary: ...

    Here's a stream with commentary:

    https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/chicago-marathon-watch-live-stream-finish-line-560240821.html
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    I've found a live stream, with commentary. ...

    I've found a live stream, with commentary.

    https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/chicago-marathon-watch-live-stream-finish-line-560240821.html
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