Late last night, I downloaded the complete splits from The Chicago Marathon. I have yet to review these thoroughly. I have, however started to receive tips regarding questionable results. One that stood out was this finish:
She missed all splits until 40k and is currently credited as finishing as the 78th overall female.
Looking at the photos, it is clear that someone else was wearing her bib.
I have come across many instances of runners selling their bibs, where the recipients placed highly in the age group awards. If I had to guess, I would say this person obtained the bib in an effort to (illegally) pace his friend to the finish. In doing so, he placed very high in the woman’s rankings. He also qualified her for The Boston Marathon.
In the next few days, I will comb through the results in greater detail. I am sure to find more instances like the above to report on.
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