In last year’s IAAF Competition Performance Rankings for the marathon,
|At number 82||Boston Marathon||USA||16 APR 2018||515||3||7967||110||0||8482|
So, we have ourselves the first official Performance Rankings for athletics, road racing, and the marathon by the IAAF, a means, they say, to better follow the sport for we fans. And according to those rankings, last year’s Boston Marathon ranked No. 82 in the world. Really?
Anyone else think Boston 2018 wasn’t better than 81 other marathons worldwide? I guess that’s the difference between a systematic ranking and an emotional expression. Same date, same time, same competitive point standing, but none of the heart or soul.
People run Boston from the heart to the core of their being. It’s a love affair. Something about the place and the people, the history. Boston isn’t a marathon, it’s The Marathon like Augusta is The Masters.
This will be Des Linden’s seventh time on the old course, first as defending women’s champion. The two-time Olympian and Southern California native was one of the favorites going into 2018 regardless of the conditions, but her chances improved mightily in the lashing winds and stinging sheets of rain.
Yes, after initially thinking she would drop out, then deciding to help her fellow Americans Shalane Flanagan and Molly Huddle, somehow Des found her own rhythm instead and ran away with the race.
Japan’s “Citizen Runner” Yuki Kawauchi was never, ever a favorite, even for a podium position on a normal day. But in that cold and rain, he became master of his domain.
This year Des and Yuki will be tested the way all great events honor their champions, by facing a field ready to beat their brains out. Continue reading