Jared Ward (who?) wins just under 2:13. Ryan Hall made it just past halfway before DNFing. Again. When was his last marathon finish? His career now feels as sad as Webb’s did when he was in the throes of his several-year-long futile struggle to be relevant again.
It still puzzles me how we can have improved so much at 5,000/10,000 and not have forced more guys up to the marathon and get a resulting increase in quality and depth at the marathon. Just the opposite has happened. I cannot remember any time when U.S. marathoning has been so disproportionately bad compared to the other distances. It’s a veritable wasteland right now, and I can’t see any clear reason why.