Watching an old Olympic marathon and I'm wondering... How are the marathon athlete numbers decided?
In other disciplines, usually the favorite has 1, then the runner up 2, etc.
But in the Olympic marathon, numbers are in the thousands even if there are 100 runners, and they are not even sequential (there's #1395, then #2162, etc.)
So is there any logic in the marathon number attribution? Or is it just a random number picked between 1000 and 9999?