The answer for meeting the Olympic standard of 4:03:00 comes now. A confounding factor in hindsight is the accuracy and legitimacy of the finish line clock compared to the results compiled and distributed by the host San Diego Track Club. In reviewing the posted finishing times against the display time shown on the finish line clock. there is inconsistent variance of race clock being either showing a time faster or slower than what the D-tag system generated. In the last photo on the previous page of winner Caio Bonfim, the display time (4:01:44) was 36 seconds faster than the D-tag time reported (4:02:40) on the unofficial results. Inconsistently for the next finisher John Nunn, his display time (4:03:43) is different from unofficial results (4:03:40), by 3 seconds slower. For Nick Christie, he realized that he could not finish in 4:03:00, so he eased off and finished in a reported 4:12:33. He took off well over 10 minutes from his very first 50K last December. He will be pointing to the February 21 Olympic Trials (OT) and might make the Olympic team with John Nunn. How exciting!
Caio Bonfim's time meets the Olympic qualifying standard by a mere 40 seconds. He is thankful for his time.
Even if he shows exhaustion from the stifling heat of the noon hour
John Nunn finishes 2nd in 4:03:40 at a pace of 7:51 per mile
Nick Christie is entering the bell lap. He had been aiming for the 4:03:00 magic number but realized at some point that he would fall short. Wait till the OT on February 21, 2016.