Saturday, August 23, 2008

Men's Olympic marathon

Watched it from start to finish. Great thing about having access to Canadian TV, U.S. TV and internet is that I was able to catch the whole thing, even with commercial breaks thrown in.

At first I thought that maybe the lead pack would get reeled in but wow, what a performance by Kenya's Kamau Wansiru with an Olympic record -- amazing given the weather -- of 2:06:32. Maracco's Jaouad Gharib took silver and Tsegay Kebede overtakes his compatriot from Ethiopia Deriba Merga in the final lap around the stadium. Merga showed the world what it's like to hit the wall yet showed so much courage. Felt so bad for him.

Runner's World has a nice live blog of the race and also has interviews with Americans Ryan Hall, Dathan Ritzenhein and Brian Sell. Dathan mentions how he cramped up so much after 35K even with all the sodium he was taking in.

Great evening of TV. Would have loved it if they gave it wire to wire coverage, though. Thank god for live streaming on CBC. Not every day we get to watch a world class field slug it out.

1 comment:

Sonia said...

I have to say, I found it very borig compared to the women'S marathon. Especially since the coverage followed the leading pack alone. In the women's they were also looking at the people behind... anyhow great performance on a hot day!!