Both A standards are slower than both B standards used to be.
Any thoughts on this? I have mixed feelings. While, as an American, I think it’s nice to see that we can expect to see full marathon teams for both US marathon teams, I think it’s very disappointing that we even have to think that way. What happened to the days when we could just assume that the top 3 at the Trials would have run 2:12/2:32 recently?
One could also argue (I’m still mixed on this) why add runners who are way out of the race to an Olympic event? I will say it’s a shame that a 2:17 marathoner could be running in the Olympics when a 2:07 marathoner will probably be sitting home.