It must be the lions
There was great expectation this year from Americans Ryan Hall and Meb Keflezighi to bag 1st place but it seems the Kenyans are still to beat. With a record-smashing 2:05 finish, Cheruiyot bags the $150,000 prize and the $25,000 bonus for beating the course-record.
Ryan and Meb can only finish 4th and 5th, respectively.
This makes me wonder what sort of training do these Kenyans/Ethiopians do?
How do Filipinos compare?
Coach Rio finished a respectable 3:00:15 for 1,384th overall as I found him to be the only runner listed with "Philippines" as the country of residence. Still a lot of room for improvement since he's only 28. I still see him trimming his marathon time in the years to come. Congratulations Rio for representing us!
If I base it from Vertek Buenavista's 2009 SEA Games performance wherein he bagged the gold, he "only" finished at 2:21 if I compare it to Cheruiyot's 2:05. I guess the whole SEA needs a lot of catching-up to do if we intend to be world-class.