Great and sad day for marathons

Though the early death of Grete Waitz today casts a shadow over things, the superb runs by many with Geoffrey Mutai, Caroline Kilel, Moses Mosop, Desiree Davila, and Sharon Cherop recording tremendous finishes at Boston, made yesterday a great day for the marathon.

It’s hard to say where one draws the line with the finishing times at Boston. Kara Goucher ran a sub 2:25. Dire Tune just missed finishing under 2:25 and her time wasn’t among the top five!

After pushing the pace for much of the race, Ryan Hall stays with his program and runs an absolutely outstanding time of 2:04:58. It’s a time that would have won all but this and one or two events ever anywhere and it’s the fastest by any American. And all he gets is third. Tremendous!

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