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Subject: RE: Ryan Hall to Skip USXC Nationals to Focus on London
A lot of athletes have done World Cross and a spring marathon. US Nationals certainly will not affect his training and Hall is probably going to run a tune up a couple of weeks out from London, why not make the World Cross 12K that tune up.
I would place getting a team medal for your country over a personal goal of a top 10 finish at London. Taking nothing away from Hall's incredible half, but that London field is so stacked that Hall's projected 2:08 will put him 3 minutes behind the leaders. London this year is probably not the ideal place to debut.
This sounds like an agent decision; I wonder if Ray Flynn would have made the same decision if the Irish national team had a chance at World Cross team medal. I know I probably should not have went there, but I can't hide my disappointment. (I am really-really disappointed.)
I hope no one else defects; unfortunately, I can see it coming. There is definitely a resurgence is US distance running and no matter what place Hall gets in London, unless he wins or is a close contender he will have passed up the opportunity to upgrade America‘s prestige and inspire our youth. Finishing 7 or 8th in London would be a great personal achievement, but it will not capture any media attention or register with our youth. The one thing I admire about the Ethiopians is they place national goals over personal goals. --I wish him well in London.
Yeah, our youth will be glued to the tv for World XC won't they?
Going to Kenya for 1-2 weeks before London will not be good for London. Hall has made a choice based on his strengths / future....Hit the submit button below if you want us to review the post.
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