All very interesting points. Agreed that concerns for Ritz would be staying healthy and the discipline to succomb to a DNF if necessary. However, it would seem that his learning curve and ability would lend itself to potentially some strong marathon performances. So up and down though – I just don't know what to expect from him.
Would be interesting to see Bekele target the marathon distance in the next 4 years, among others.
I too would have probably preferred to see Hall at Boston, but given the talent pool in London this year, it was probably a better lesson race for him leading into Bejing.