While patience is key in the 50km, one had to question would those breaking early get far enough ahead while it was cool and the sun was shy or would they melt as the temperatures rose?
Ireland's Robert Heffernan seems quite content to let others do the early work.
I couldn't help but sneak a peak at the judges score sheet. I never cease to be amazed at what the judges see versus what I and my camera sees. While how far off the ground someone is before they can be noticed as lifting, I don't see how bent knee calls are subjective. Yet there seem to be many more calls than reality dictates.
A second pack also tracked the leaders, although they seemed content to wait until the war of attrition starts to claim victims.
America's hope, John Nunn, contined along smoothly.
Tallent closed the gap to 3 seconds by 5km(22:19, 22:22), but before the leaders hit 10km (44:26), the lead pack became a trio.
Diniz kept the leaders in site, but was willing to pace behind hitting 10km in 44:42, 16 seconds back from the leaders.
The chase pack came through 5km at 22:37 and 10km at 44:52, so they were losing group on the leaders. Momma Salvage used to say "patience is a virtue that comes to those that wait." We will see who has that virtue.
Andreas Gustafsson seemed content to walk his race coming through 10km at 45:48.
As the race went on, the temperature rose, and out came the misters!
Sadly, John Nunn looked like he was struggling early.
Noskov did not seem to like the company and tried to break away around 42 mintes in.
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