Marathons are, at the elite level, much more than making it through 26.2 miles. At the elite level, tactical challenges occur, and the battles with multiple athletes mean that some do well, and some do not.
Galen Rupp may have had some achilles problems, but he came to Chicago to win. Problem was, so did several others. Galen Rupp was there until 23 miles and then, Mo Farah took the field away, and Galen fell back. Galen fought back, finishing fifth. Galen noted that he had wanted to win, but it was not his day. He ran 2:06.21, his second best on coach and 3:01 better than last year.
Gwen Jorgensen had a rough race. She had been sick, and her race did not go well. I asked her about a positive on the race and she responded well. A tough day and time for reflection.
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