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What the World Championship 10Ks Can Teach us About Racing and Pacing

What the World Championship 10Ks Can Teach us About Racing and Pacing

In the men’s race on Friday, an international coalition of the willing made the pace hot from the start, led by Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei and Kenya’s Geoffrey Kamworor, in an attempt to blunt the sting of Mo Farah ’s famous finishing sprint. With every passing kilometer, another runner or two was shaken off the back of the back and left to limp home. After 9K, there were still nine runners in a tight pack that had run every step of the way together. In the plot below, you can see the dramatic separation that occurred in the final kilometer. Some of the leading nine slowed dramatically, others accelerated—led by Farah, who won yet another global title . But there’s a crucial point: No one caught any of the leading nine (though it was close). Once a runner dropped off the lead pack, he was never able to regain contact. Alex Hutchinson The women’s race was very different, tha...

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