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    Exactly. Has anyone ever (at least in modern...

    Exactly. Has anyone ever (at least in modern times) been winning top marathon races as consistently as Kipchoge? To me, he is already the matathon GOAT even if you ignore his two non-record-eligible...
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    Wasn't there some rationale for it, like the...

    Wasn't there some rationale for it, like the shoes did too much damage to the tracks, or something like that?
  3. Naser is due to compete in the World Military...

    Naser is due to compete in the World Military Games starting next week. She's been entered in 4 events - 200, 400 and two relays. Not sure how well she'll have kept her form, but it could be...
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    But it's one thing to use doping under a testing...

    But it's one thing to use doping under a testing regime - you have to limit dosages and timing to cheat testers. What would happen if athletes could use them without any limits?
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    But apart from the WC, he didn't race anyone of...

    But apart from the WC, he didn't race anyone of note.
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    It does. But with regard to doping, there are...

    It does. But with regard to doping, there are clear rules on what is and isn't allowed.
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    They did put a limit on sole thickness in the HJ...

    They did put a limit on sole thickness in the HJ after built-up shoes were introduced, so it can potentially be done. But is that really necessary?
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    That doesn't sound like a prohibitively high...

    That doesn't sound like a prohibitively high price for top-class runners. Other shoes don't come for free, either. And you probably don't need to do all your training wearing these shoes. Unless...
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    I'm guessing it's Nike's competitors who have the...

    I'm guessing it's Nike's competitors who have the biggest problem with the new shoes. But of course they can't say it openly, since that would amount to admitting their products are inferior. What...
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    They're talking about unfair advantage. But how...

    They're talking about unfair advantage. But how do you determine what is fair?
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    Also, this is not about self-identification. If...

    Also, this is not about self-identification. If she wants to be considered female, that's perfectly fine in a legal/ social setting. The IAAF decision only applies to her participation in T&F.
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    Not a male per se, just not female enough to...

    Not a male per se, just not female enough to compete in the female category. It's not an either-or thing.
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    So are these shoes not generally available?

    So are these shoes not generally available?
  14. 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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