There is a lot of debate in the running world as to whether having a single race to determine an Olympic Marathon team (like the U.S.A.) is better or worse than hand-picking the competitors (like Kenya and others). Well today the hand-picked men’s and women’s Kenyan teams were revealed through various media outlets. The picks on the men’s side are definitely controversial in that top-ranked marathoner Geoffrey Mutai, and world-record holder Patrick Makau, will not be included.
What do you think about having a race to determine the team vs. hand-picking competitors? What do you think about Makau and Mutai being excluded?