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