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John
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SovietVest
Birech has malaria!

In Adharanand Finn’s brilliant book, ‘Running with the Kenyans’ he wrote that they use the term ‘Malaria’ to describe any flu like symptoms and often recover in a couple of weeks. Either way, we face the jaw dropping possibility that a non-Kenyan could go into a World Champs as favourite!

BTW, Finn’s latest book about Japan is equally good. Probably worth posting as a new topic, what I learned about the depth and quality of Japanese distance runners was genuinely eye opening. I didn’t realise that most of their best performances are run in Ekidens over non-standard distanceS, so when we look at their times for HM and Marathon, it is only telling half the story. Even allowing for that I was astonished to see that in a recent University HM Champs, 100 runners ran faster than 64:40.