Re: Re: Geb vs. Duncan Kibet at September’s Berlin Marathon

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Andrew A.
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Not “prize money,” per se, but the WR/CR bonus.  If someone is there who can legitimately challenge the favorite, it can not only interrupt the even pacing Gebrselassie needs to execute a run at the record(s) but also adds another body into the mix that can, unlike a phalanx of rabbits paid to provide him a slipstream but otherwise stay out of his way, otherwise interrupt during the race (aid stations, moving freely to run tangents, possibility of being tripped by someone).  Since Flora London 2002, Gebrselassie has not faced a truly competitive field (i.e. with anyone with a PR fairly close to his own coming into the race) — that is likely not by accident.