2019 Doha Diary: Deep thoughts on Day 1, considering marathoners...


Chepngetich-Johannes-Kiplagat-Chelimo-Doha19.JPGAnd then, there were four, photo by Photorun.net

This is a collection of notes I put together, day after day, that I am sharing on the Champs.

Deep thoughts on champions, Day 1

The women's marathon was tough, and Ruth Chepngetich, who has run the #3 all time of 2:17.08, did 2:32.43. silver and bronze medalist also did about the same off their best times.

Chepngetich_RuthFH1d-Doha19.JPGRuth Chepngetich taking gold, on a hot and humid night, photo by Photorun.

Athletes like Roberta Groner were quite impressive and also showed that well planned races and focus can overcome suicidal planning of a championship event.

Groner_Roberta-Doha19.JPGRoberta Groner, takes sixth, photo by Photorun.net

Then, a keen observer of major championships asked me the most important question, "Why did they not change it to a half marathon, if they truly cared about the athletes?"

I did not have an answer. All I could think of was the 30 of 68 athletes who did not finish the 26.2 mile championship event, and are now needing 2-3 months to rebuild.

Championship marathons are not about times, but about places on the podium. Sevilla in 1999 was hot, as have been most of the global Champs that I have attended. A certian athlete can challenge a championship medal and another can excel over a big city event!

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