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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Berlin Marathon vs Chicago Marathon

My knee feels better today. Thanks for asking. By the way the 14Km run on Wednesday was really good. We had some gentle hills, trails and roads and dust and some sun. It was very much like a marathon. We had a coach and I did interval runs for my speed.
Tomorrow I will be doing a 27K run in the morning. My knee will have to face the tarmac - no bandages this time. If it becomes inflamed, it will have to talk to the ice.
Now, I understand that Gebrselassie told sponsors of Berlin Marathon he doesn't want to race against Wanjiru because he prefers to race against the clock and not worry about who he is running against.

So Wanjiru settled for Chicago marathon whose course I understand, is also relatively flat and good for attempting world record times.
Kenyans felt pissed because we wanted someone to kick Geb's ass. But all is not lost because Geb will be racing against Duncan Kibet.

Duncan Kibet of Kenya won this year’s Rotterdam Marathon with a time of 2:04:27 hours. The only one to have run faster twice is world record holder Haile Gebrselassie from Ethiopia: with 2:04:26 at his world record race in Berlin in 2007 and 2:03:59 in Berlin in 2008. On September 20th at the real,- BERLIN MARATHON, the two current fastest marathon runners in the world will both try to run under the mark Gebrselassie set last year.

So whichever way, Chicago and Berlin Marathons are worth watching this year.


Here are the world Marathon Champion gods. They ran an incredible race. Anyone who can run Deriba Merga out is worth worshiping. Brazilian Dos Santos is just behind Kebede (who came third) - he (Marilson dos Santos) finished 16th. This was hell. And this is not Tergat. This is war. Imagine Kara Goucher (the sexiest marathon woman) finished 10th.
Why do I have the feeling that Robert Cheruiyot was using this race to test how fast he can run before he starts fading? Recall that he is gearing himself to break the world record and he is the one that set the punishing, unrelenting, blistering, destructive pace up to the 38th Km when Merga got finished.



Here is Duncan Kibet winning the Rotterdam Marathon this year. James Kwambai is on him.

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