I will answer this succinctly:
I said they trained as hard and were as professional as any runners competing today. I feel that is true. Look up how many European Championships, World Cups, and Olympic Games the small group of names won during their time:
Lopes: Multi-gold in WCCC, Oly Gold in Mar, Oly Silver in 10,000, Multi-medallist in Euro Champs 10k. World Number One more than once.
Vainio: Silver med in '84 10k, Euro Champ '78 10k, bronze in '83 WC 5k, 4th in '83 WC 10k
Salazar: Oly team in '80/'84, World rec in marathon, third fastest 10k runner ever with 27:25, AR holder in the 5k, 10k and marathon at same time. Bronze in World Cup 10k '81, top placer at WCCC several times. World Number One. World ranked multiple times.
I don't have enough time to list all the Euro Champs, World Champs, World Cups, and Olympic Games medals that Werner Schildhauer and Hansjorg Kunze won. I could only remember a quarter of them anyway. They won quite a few Eauro circuit races as well. Probably share 10 World Number 1-2-or-3 rankings between them in the 5k/10k, even though they were forced out of the '84 Games. I don't know if you have ever read anything about the East German sports machine, you might want to brush up on that.
Cova: European Champion in 10k '82, World Champion in 10k '83, Olympic Champion. World Number One multiple times.
Mamede: World's fastest 5k runner several different years. WR holder in the 10k. World ranked number 1 or 2 in the 5k and 10k multiple times. Closed his 27:13 WR with a 1:56 800m. Won nearly every European circuit 5k or 10k there ever was.
Since when is how someone looks when they run, or how much "speed" they have indicative of how hard they are training and how professional they are?
If you beleive that runners from the '70s ran 27:30 because they lacked the discipline that today's 12:50/26:40 runners do, what does that say about your 33:30 running ass? How much lazier are you than the world class of today and how much lazier are you than the world's best from the '70s and '80s who were able to run 27:20-27:40?
Your other contention is that I say that the WRs dropped because the Africans took drugs and the rest of the world didn't. I don't think that and I didn't write that.
Find anything resembling what you say I wrote and I will send you $10 for every time I wrote it. Every instance. No BS.
Next time put your money your money where your mouth is.
East Lansing MI