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Re: London Marathon Thread

Postby kuha » Mon Apr 22, 2013 9:20 am

bobguild76 wrote:1. Start the wheelchairs first.
2. End of story.


It really is that simple; and nothing else makes any sense at all.
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Re: London Marathon Thread

Postby TN1965 » Mon Apr 22, 2013 11:39 am

bobguild76 wrote:Ethiopia would have profited by selecting Kebede for the Olympics. Here's hoping they learn from last year's mistake ... although the lure of a Fall marathon might outweigh the WC for Kebede. The WC just doesn't have the weight of an Olympic marathon.


Now that WC is part of the World Marathon Majors, Kebede can clinch his $500K by finishing in the top 4 at the WC. (He has a commanding 24 pt lead over Kipsang.) He won't be getting any appearance fees, but he may get some bonus from his sponsor (as well as the Ethiopian federation/Olympic Committee) if he wins the title. And his future appearance fee will go up with the world title, and so could his shoe contract.
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Re: London Marathon Thread

Postby lonewolf » Mon Apr 22, 2013 11:40 am

Is there a link to a replay of the wheel chair incident?
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Re: London Marathon Thread

Postby Conor Dary » Mon Apr 22, 2013 11:44 am

lonewolf wrote:Is there a link to a replay of the wheel chair incident?


put london wheelchair collision into Youtube and there you go.
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Re: London Marathon Thread

Postby lonewolf » Mon Apr 22, 2013 11:45 am

Conor Dary wrote:
lonewolf wrote:Is there a link to a replay of the wheel chair incident?


put london wheelchair collision into Youtube and there you go.

Thanks, Conor
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Re: London Marathon Thread

Postby 26mi235 » Mon Apr 22, 2013 12:10 pm

The whole set of wheelchair contestants were at fault. The are coming up at a speed of about 20mph, the come in on the left side between the aid station and the runners. Now, the wheelchair athletes that cause the actual collision were a bit further back, as was the aid station itself when the first in the line race through on the left. However, there was (almost certainly) an indication that the aid station was coming up and was on the left side.

One problem with having the wheelchair athletes leaving before the women start and them being ahead of the men, in this case by an hour, is that the latter part of the course is active for an even longer period of time.

Still, placing them either on a different part of the course (on the other side of barriers, etc., which might lead to different distances (along the same general route) and hence a slightly altered start and/or finish.

Also, remember that the top women are not at all used (like, it virtually NEVER happens to these athletes) to being past by someone that they were not running with in the last 5, 10, 20 seconds
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