Your point? Shorter was a gold medalist and our best marathoner. Vail finsihed 11th at the trials and Trafeh was dnf, so why are you comparing them with Shorter.
Top Fuel wrote:
Frank Shorter ran 2:10:30 at this same race 3 months after winning gold in 1972. Those guys you speak off got beat by a mile. 2:11 is not world class anymore. Forty years ago sure; not now.
Hate to say it but part of the reason for Vail's consistency and his much better pacing than most comes from his days at OK State. Even pacing is how Dave Smith (I know, tons of folks on here think Dave Smith is a horrible coach) constantly demands that his runners race. Might as well give a bit of credit where it is due.
High Wire wrote:
Vail is one of the most consistent runners I've ever seen, cross the board. Never seems to have a bad day. Reminds me of Max King in this respect.
Because the emphasis is on excellence. If you're not prepared to get the job done, don't show up.
why do they cut people off like that? This seems like an insanely competitive marathon. Is there some sort of backstory here?
Hats too bee shed wrote:
Might as well give a bit of credit where it is due.