Posted: 09/04/2014 at 08:03
Interesting discussion! If I had to guess I would say he'll finish around 5th on Sunday in 2:07ish (dipping under the British record).
Steve - I agree that for marathons the majors seem to be more important to the top runners than the Worlds/Olympics. However, this isn't true for 5k/10k, which is what Mo has been consistently winning for the last two years. However, I certainly wouldn't say he's the greatest distance runner of all time - Bekele wins there in my view (track golds, a million XC golds, and now seems like he could do something special at marathon distance).
I also disagree with "The best runners in the World are the World Record holders, I'm not sure how anyone could seriously argue against that ?" You enter a race, the idea is to win the race, regardless of time. That is why IMHO Haile is slightly overrated as a marathoner (I might be expelled from the thread for expressing that opinion), as he never won a marathon against the top opposition.
LD - Scott Overall has never won anything on the international stage. Steve Jones won Chicago (and possibly other big races, I haven't checked).
PP - nice mile reps off very short recoveries. Probably clocked a reasonable 10k time in there even with the rests!
10M for me last night including 3x400, 2x600, 800, 2x600, 3x400 on the grass (so not accurate distances).