Since the men's Olympic marathon will begin in about 12 hours, I thought I'd make a list of my top choices, AKA who I will be cheering for the loudest tomorrow.
Here's my list of the top 10:
Mutei (KEN) (having an AWESOME year)
Dino Sefir (ETH)
Meb (USA) (older, tons of depth, and absolutely amazing)
Kirui (KEN) (wouldn't surprise me if he finishes top 3, has a lot of depth)
Pertile (Italia!) (the only Italian runner) (this is a heart pick, rather than a head pick; he's older, but go Italy!)
I know, I'm really going out on a limb there picking all 3 Kenyans for the top 10. Haha. But I'm very curious about how many I'll get right as actually ending up in the top 10. I think Kisri will hang with the leaders for a long time (and if I didn't love Italy, I might have put him in there). I'm going to cheer for Marial, who is country-less, too (formerly of Sudan, ran Twin Cities in 2011) as well as Li, of China, of course.
Very excited to put in my 2012 sports-watching hours tomorrow!