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tony soprano
Really, what happened Rupp in the last two laps tonight? 2/25/2012 10:19PM Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
He looked like a zombie out there.
water company
RE: Really, what happened Rupp in the last two laps tonight? 2/25/2012 10:22PM - in reply to tony soprano Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Yeah, something did not look right. Leading at a moderate pace should not tire him out that much.
whorkers
RE: Really, what happened Rupp in the last two laps tonight? 2/25/2012 10:27PM - in reply to water company Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
With a few laps to go, Lagat signalled his handlers to release 3 pollen bombs into the air. After that, Rupp began to wheeze and go backwards. Until then, he was holding his own and was poised to blow by Lagat with a final burst of fury.
top secret info
RE: Really, what happened Rupp in the last two laps tonight? 2/25/2012 10:29PM - in reply to whorkers Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Who cares Lagat was slower thru 3000 than Rupp was at 3000 during his 2 mile record! Lagat will be up all nite in a cold sweat thinking about that!
Seyta
RE: Really, what happened Rupp in the last two laps tonight? 2/25/2012 10:30PM - in reply to top secret info Reply | Return to Index | Report Post

top secret info wrote:

Who cares Lagat was slower thru 3000 than Rupp was at 3000 during his 2 mile record! Lagat will be up all nite in a cold sweat thinking about that!


...As slow as he was, he was still 10 seconds faster than Rupp
Go Jenny Go
RE: Really, what happened Rupp in the last two laps tonight? 2/25/2012 10:31PM - in reply to Seyta Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
This 3000m was at elevation. Galen's was not. Duh!!!!
yagtash
RE: Really, what happened Rupp in the last two laps tonight? 2/25/2012 10:33PM - in reply to tony soprano Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
i can only come up with 2 possible ideas:

1) has he EVER worked at altitude before? i know he lives low and sleeps in a tent IIRC, but i dont think he's ever run/trained, much less raced at altitude other than this meet last year. i could be totally wrong though.

2) was he just looking to run a hard first 2k and hope the rest of the field would jump ship so he could coast it in for second behind lagat? that doesnt seems like it would be a smart thing to do, but who knows.

unless it really was a "ploy" or workout, this was the first bad race I've ever seen Rupp run in his professional career. i hope nothing is wrong.
cold reality
RE: Really, what happened Rupp in the last two laps tonight? 2/25/2012 10:34PM - in reply to Go Jenny Go Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Lagat is a Kenyan, elevation means nothing to him! Face it, Lagat is toast at the Olympics! He can never win the big one, El G kicked his butt!! hahahahaha
WHO!!!!
RE: Really, what happened Rupp in the last two laps tonight? 2/25/2012 10:37PM - in reply to water company Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
ALSAL had a bad race plan.....back to the drawing board....
WHO!!!!
RE: Really, what happened Rupp in the last two laps tonight? 2/25/2012 10:39PM - in reply to whorkers Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
thats funny!!
truth toldyaso
RE: Really, what happened Rupp in the last two laps tonight? 2/25/2012 10:42PM - in reply to WHO!!!! Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Actually even counting for elevation Lagat was a good 3.5 seconds behind at 3000 when Rupp broke the 2 mile record!!! Lagat will be quivering all nite, wondering what he will do when he is in a race that matters against the Rupper!
popcornready
RE: Really, what happened Rupp in the last two laps tonight? 2/25/2012 10:56PM - in reply to tony soprano Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
He is just coming off of a heavy base training period. He and Symmonds will be ready when it counts - the day of the Olympic final.
bootsie
RE: Really, what happened Rupp in the last two laps tonight? 2/25/2012 10:58PM - in reply to truth toldyaso Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
He had just gotten sick 2 weeks ago when he set the American record and was on antibiotics... it probably hit him full force that week, and racing at altitude right after sickness is a total bitch to begin with, especially when you're racing someone like Lagat. If you watched the race, Rupp blew at least 2 snot rockets that I saw, indicating that he is probably still getting rid of whatever he has. Relax. It's February. The real test comes this summer.
bguyj200012x
RE: Really, what happened Rupp in the last two laps tonight? 2/25/2012 11:02PM - in reply to bootsie Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
thanks for the analysis Webb.
VF Runner
RE: Really, what happened Rupp in the last two laps tonight? 2/26/2012 6:12AM - in reply to bguyj200012x Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
When Lagat and Lamong eased by in about three strides you could see that Rupp was mentally beaten. I think he knew he didn't quite have it yesterday so there wasnt any will to fight.

What impressed me was just how smooth Lagat looked the entire race, including his 25:xx last lap.
agip
RE: Really, what happened Rupp in the last two laps tonight? 2/26/2012 6:37AM - in reply to VF Runner Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
really, what happened was that he had a bad race. Happens.
ukathleticscoach
RE: Really, what happened Rupp in the last two laps tonight? 2/26/2012 6:41AM - in reply to popcornready Reply | Return to Index | Report Post

popcornready wrote:

He is just coming off of a heavy base training period. He and Symmonds will be ready when it counts - the day of the Olympic final.


Its hard to beat someone born at altitude, at sea level let alone at altitude. I still think he had a bad race, plus he is doing too many indoor races
it happens
RE: Really, what happened Rupp in the last two laps tonight? 2/26/2012 6:43AM - in reply to ukathleticscoach Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
People have bad races. Lets be glad it's one that doesn't matter.
German Fan
RE: Really, what happened Rupp in the last two laps tonight? 2/26/2012 7:14AM - in reply to it happens Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
I would say it was the altitude. At altitude, when the piano is dropped on your back it hurts much worse than if it happened at sea level. Same thing happened in the women's race with Houlihan. There's a reason why it's difficult to do speed session at altitude.

Thankfully London's elevation and climate is much more like Oregon. Rupp's still on track for a medal.
airway constriction
RE: Really, what happened Rupp in the last two laps tonight? 2/26/2012 9:10AM - in reply to Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Could it have been asthma? Seems possible with the stuffy air of indoor tracks. This was a definitely a bad race for him, I'd even say bordering on atrocious, and Rupp hasn't really had any bad races in a long time so it seems like there is probably a bigger reason than 'he just had a bad race' but who knows. That said, I don't think he would have beaten Lagat under any circumstance as Lagat was flying the last lap and it's great to see Lomong getting back in form.
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