Finally, the whiteboards with the athletes’ predicted times. They took their time, and definitely stole glances at each other’s boards before volunteering them to the audience. Shitara posted a modest 1 second PB of 2:06:11. Inoue – 2:04:30. Osako – 2:??:??. When Osako was questioned, he said the race was a fight against himself. His time will depend on weather and conditions, but he plans to make an effort to be in the lead pack. “That’s why I left it blank.” His face was determined, focussed, almost confrontational. He didn’t want to place limits on what he could achieve come Sunday.

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