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Dathan Ritzenhein

Coast is clear

BEIJING - Forget disturbing weather forecasts and pollution-index numbers.

That's so yesterday.

The choked, clogged air of Week 1 seemed like a distant memory on the eve of the men's Olympic marathon. Blue skies and sun have been the norm in the latter stages of the Olympics, and the forecast is for the low 70s when the race starts at 7:30 a.m. at Tiananmen Square tomorrow. It will be shown live at 7:30 p.m. on NBC.

Wonder whether marathon world-record holder Haile Gebrselassie, who made a big media splash awhile back when he declined to run it because of valid concerns about the polluted air, is feeling any sense of regret?

Gebrselassie, who finished sixth in...

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