So John Kellogg called me this afternoon. He's into biking and was out on a ride and his credit cards slipped out so he wanted his LetsRun.com credit card to be reported as lost.
Anyway, I was like, "Hey did you watch the Monaco meet?" That was kind of a stupid question as I know running bores him to some degree now and he doesn't have cable and doesn't watch meets.
He was like, "No."
So I started to tell him about it but then stopped and said, "Hey what do you think the women's world record in the steeple should be."
He said, "Well given how low those barriers are. It should be a hell of a lot faster than it is now. I'd say 8:42-45."
I asked him how he derived that and he said he thought it should be about 25 seconds slower than the 3000 wr and he was ignoring chinese marks. So Dibaba has run 816 and Obiri 820 so he kind of split the difference.
He did add at one point that some might argue that women aren't as tell as men so maybe it could be slightly slower but no slower than 848.
So there you have it, yet again his mathematical brain predicts exactly what happened. Yes, he predicted it after the fact and yes there is no way to prove he didn't know but I know and that's all I need to know.
Like when I talk about doping, I often say, "Well I know my brother ran 28:06 clean and I certainly imagine some super talented white guy could run at least a minute faster...."