I'm watching on the SportLemon link......the BBC. But they're going to go back and forth from the walk to canoeing and other stuff....only coming back for the final 40 minutes or so of the walk!!!
They just cut out after 35 minutes, with a group of 12 leading....including Kirdyapin, Deakes, and Barrondo (20K Silver).
Wish they'd show the whole thing!!!
(EDIT) They came back for awhile. The 10K split was 44:15. The 1st 5K was 22:12, so the 2nd 5K was 22:03!! Still a dozen or so leading, including 3 Russians, Australians (Tallent and Deakes), Barrondo, and a few others.
Haven't seen American Nunn yet. Looking for a red uniform!!!
lapsus wrote:I'm watching... it's like watching a championship marathon but twice as long and many times as dramatic towards the end - which favorites will totally run out of energy around 40 km this time?
aaronk wrote:Are you sure you don't mean Phillip Dunn?? Dunn's best, according to my FAST Annual, is 3:56:13. John Nunn's best, again according to FAST, is 4:14:16, from 2007.
Nunn walked 4:04:41 at US 50k walk OT in January.
Incidentally, he did eventually get some TV time as he was lapped 1:53 into the race. If you're lucky they can lap him again before the finish
Thanks!! The FAST goes through end of 2011!!
But he's still on PR pace. He passed 25K in 1:58:29. Double that, and you have 3:56:58. His last 10K was 47:28. But his last 5K was at slightly slower pace, a 23:49. Even if he slows to 24:00 5K's the rest of the way, his final time would be 3:58:29, a 6 minute PR!! Who cares if he's 57th out of 60 left in the race??
Once again, a very interesting 50 km race because of different race tactics and different people suffering at different times. The 50 km really punishes even the best in the world if they start too fast. I think went somehow like this
- Pace started off very fast, the likes of Kirdyapkin and Si were dropped a bit by the leaders that included Diniz and Deakes by 25 km - Si came back and surged at around 30 km from the already fast pace, getting a 20 second gap looking like he would win. Chasing group still had Diniz, the two Russians and the young Guatemalan Barrondo. Tallent and Kirdyapkin looked like they were out of it, and Deakes started suffering - Kirdyapkin was going steadily but came back to the chasing group when he seriously upped his pace 30 to 35 km, and then soon caught up with leader Si and went to lead, trying to break free. Others tried to hang on, including the increasingly tired looking Si. Diniz bonked at this point and it looked like a Russian 1-2-3 for a moment. But Si was able to hang on and one of the Russians (Erokhin) started to fall back. Tallent started coming back too. - While Kirdyapkin was still 10-15 seconds ahead, Tallent passed the others and tried to catch Kirdyapkin. Bakulin fell away from Si, who was grimacing badly. Barrondo bonked, fell back very quickly, and was so tired he couldn't even keep up his technique and got DQd. Heffernan and Li were starting to come back into the picture - Kirdyapkin unleashed the fastest 5 km of the race from 45 to 50, to keep well ahead of Tallent. Most impressive, and made it clear who was best today with a great new OR time. - At the end, there was still some excitement if Heffernan could come back for the bronze - Si was suffering but managed to hold on and had his knee iced immediately after the finish. In the end, the third Russian Erokhin, who had already fallen back much earlier, apparently recovered and had a very good last 5 km, and almost beat Heffernan for 4th.
Well, you cannot see a lot of events you want in full, but this one, taped by me but watched in the morning played out step by step. The commentary was pretty good, the camera work stressed by not having enough cameras to cover a spread-out field where not being at the front did not mean that you were out of it.