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A slightly more nuanced take on Phil Hersh than this morning's.

A slightly more nuanced take on Phil Hersh than this morning's.

By Scott Douglas So, Phil Hersh of the Chicago Tribune is at it again . Khalid Khannouchi has retired, and Hersh reflects on the career of the first man to break 2:06 in the marathon and the American record-holder in the event by concluding, "His retirement announcement isn't the first time he had called it quits." Hersh's beef is that Khannouchi repeatedly said how important it was to run for the U.S. in the Olympics, but never did, while almost always managing to be ready when the big-city marathons (with their big prize purses) rolled around. For now, let's set aside the loaded issue of whether Moroccan-turned-American Khannouchi was obligated to run in the Olympics and eschew paydays, even though we ask few other professions to publicly make such country-vs.-cash decisions. The disconnect between Khannouchi's words and actions on the matter was indeed often striking. H...

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