phreak wrote:Don't a lot of marathons employ pace makers for a similar reason? Granted, they perhaps aren't quite so blatant as in this attempt, but still. What seemed most remarkable was just how fresh he looked at the end. Looked like he could have gone round again.
They do, and Berlin did when Kipchoge beat the world record last year but they had all dropped off earlier than planned (by 25K I think) so nearly half of the race was run solo. He looked equally fresh afterwards, sprinting from the finish line and leaping (literally) into his coach's arms.
Likewise Bekele, who came within 2 secs of the record this year raan the bulk of the race solo, having been dropped by the pacemakers' group then running through the remains of the field in the last 10K or so.
Personally I'd love to see Bekele, Kipchoge and Kamworor all lined up at the same marathon rather than all racing separately. Maybe London next year...
Meanwhile Sir Mo finished closer to the winning lady than he did to the winning man, and Galen Rupp dropped out. I don't think this Oregon Project debacle has helped their preparation.