Who will win the Men's Marathon?
This race is historically one of the most interesting of all. As we all know, at this time the Kenyans and Ethiopians are the best. They usually win the major city marathons in the world. The question would be the same for the Olympic marathon: Kenya or Ethiopia? Selecting 3 competitors from each of this countries was a real challenge for their athletic federations.
The 3 Kenyans will be:
- Abel Kirui, two times world champion and 6th at the 2012 London Marathon (02h07'56")
- Wilson Kipsang (photo), winner of the 2012 London Marathon (02h04'44")
- Emmanuel Mutai, winner of the 2011 London Marathon and 7th this year (02h08'01")
Ethiopia will compete with:
- Ayele Abshero, a 21 year old marathoner with an incredible 02h04'23" at his first marathon ever (Dubai 2012)
- Dino Sefir (02h04'50"), second this year at Dubai
- Getu Feleke (02h04'50"), second this year at Rotterdam.
Romania will send one marathoner after a long time: Marius Ionescu, with a PB of 02h15'32" at the Daegu 2011 World Championships. USA will send Meb Keflezighi, Ryan Hall and Abdi Abdirahman, after the Olympic trials won by Keflezighi in 02h09'08". The Swiss Viktor Röthlin, European champion in 2010, finished 5th this year at Tokyo in 02h08'32".
It will be a tough race. Looking at the results so far, the battle will be between Kenya and Ethiopia as usually. The Olympic marathons have usually been tactical races, because winning was more important than breaking records. The good times of the 3 Ethiopians could not count at all if the Kenyan team sets a good strategy which will slow them down and make them lose energies. The Kenyan team has also the benefit of the London experience. Weather and general atmosphere conditions have always an influence of a marathoner's performance. My today's answer is: Wilson Kipsang, with Kirui coming in second place and Abshero third.
Final: Sunday, 12.08, 11:00 AM GMT