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P9 22-24 Miles Osoro Takes His Move (3 Pictures)

1- At 22.5 miles, Kannouchi opens 15m on Thys, while Osoro moves past Kahugu.

This is the same location that Khalid Kannouchi surged to victory in last year's race. More than 30 seconds ahead of last year's pace, Kannouchi seems poised to finish in the mid 2:06 range.

However, a closer look reveals that Kannouchi's stride does not seem as smooth or powerful as last year. His stretch of 4:44-4:41-4:47 miles opens up a lead - but does not put Thys or Osoro away.

After the race Kannouchi explained "I have had pain in my ankle for the past two weeks," Khannouchi revealed. "an it was very painful after 15 miles."

 

 2- With Kannouchi running on but one good leg - he is not able to deliver the sub 4:40 knockout punch that settled last year's race. Osoro running steady 4:46-48 miles - can't be broken - and he passes the fading Kahugu, pulls within 40 meters of Kannouchi.

Passing Gert Thys in the 24th mile, the South African felt that Osoro would win. "Osoro looked very strong," Thys recalled, "and Kannouchi made his move too early.

 
 3- In the 24th mile, Osoro looks within himself for the effort to close out the final 2.2 miles at sub 4:45 pace. "I could see that Kannouchi was not looking very strong," Osoro recalled, "so I decided to take my move then."

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