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Yes, I get that. I just don't see why they're running such weird distances in such a supposedly important event.
The mile is Eugene's flagship event, known as the Bowerman Mile, and is traditionally run as part of the Prefontaine Classic every year. It's a bit odd to have it as it's part of the DL final as a non-standrd distance, I agree, but I think for a lot of traditionalists and the organisers at Eugene it would have been sacrilegious for them not to include it, and it's a bit hard to have both the mile and the 1500m alongside one another.

That doesn't explain a non-steeplechase 3000 though.
 
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The mile is Eugene's flagship event, known as the Bowerman Mile, and is traditionally run as part of the Prefontaine Classic every year. It's a bit odd to have it as it's part of the DL final as a non-standrd distance, I agree, but I think for a lot of traditionalists and the organisers at Eugene it would have been sacrilegious for them not to include it, and it's a bit hard to have both the mile and the 1500m alongside one another.

That doesn't explain a non-steeplechase 3000 though.
The Bowerman Mile is incredibly special here in Eugene because it's an ode to Bill Bowerman, and way back when we rooted for ALL the runners to make it sub - 4 mins. Nowadays a sub -4 mile really isn't all that special though...
 
The mile is Eugene's flagship event, known as the Bowerman Mile, and is traditionally run as part of the Prefontaine Classic every year. It's a bit odd to have it as it's part of the DL final as a non-standrd distance, I agree, but I think for a lot of traditionalists and the organisers at Eugene it would have been sacrilegious for them not to include it, and it's a bit hard to have both the mile and the 1500m alongside one another.

That doesn't explain a non-steeplechase 3000 though.

It's like they're saying "Hey Jakob! Come break some world records! Now that you're obviously incapable of the 1500m WR, we'll give you two chances at distances that are rarely run!"

And just a week after a 2000m...
 
So crazy!!!

Tigst Assefa obliterated the previous records held by Kosgei and Keitany by finishing the BMW Berlin Marathon with a time of 2:11:53.

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Had to google him because for the past few years the only Norwegian you (at least in the States) ever heard about was Jakob Ingebrigtsen, I'm sure Nordas being coached by Ingebrigtsen's dad must make for some interesting dynamics.

On that note sorry I'm not even halfway up to speed on the latest Ingebrigtsen family drama, but wiki says Ingebrigtsen senior no longer coaches his sons because they turned against him because of his coaching style? Ouch!
 
Beijing half marathon - best buds or something else?!
https://www.bbc.com/sport/athletics/68815592
Organisers of the Beijing half marathon are investigating allegations that three African athletes deliberately allowed China's star runner He Jie to win Sunday's race.

Footage appeared to show Kenya's Robert Keter and Willy Mnangat and Ethiopia's Dejene Hailu pointing to the line and slowing down before waving He past.

He, 25, finished one second ahead of the trio, who tied for second place.

Video and more at https://www.shine.cn/news/nation/2404154187/
 
Beijing half marathon - best buds or something else?!
https://www.bbc.com/sport/athletics/68815592
Organisers of the Beijing half marathon are investigating allegations that three African athletes deliberately allowed China's star runner He Jie to win Sunday's race.

Footage appeared to show Kenya's Robert Keter and Willy Mnangat and Ethiopia's Dejene Hailu pointing to the line and slowing down before waving He past.

He, 25, finished one second ahead of the trio, who tied for second place.

Video and more at https://www.shine.cn/news/nation/2404154187/
Hotdamn, first time I've ever seen a Kenyan or Ethiopian runner give a win away like that, what was the prize money? Can't imagine anyone doing this unless there's money involved...
 
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He made it that far with the others so they let him win his home race...not a big deal IMO.

"The Kenyan said four runners had been contracted to help He break the Chinese half-marathon record of one hour two minutes 33 seconds, and that one of them did not finish the race."
Info and clarifications are still trickling in but, were the race organizers not aware the African runners were there merely as pacemakers? Odd. Especially given the pacemakers were supposed to help He break the Chinese record, so you would think everybody would have knowledge of that because it would be a pretty big deal.

Stay tuned while more (hopefully accurate) info comes in!
 
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