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Subject: RE: Webb's Chance to Make the Olympics
It'll be close. I have no doubt Alan will be in 3:32-3:33 shape by the trials, and the only person I see being possibly in better shape than that is Lomong (assuming his 5k means he's fitter in the 1500 than he ever has been before).
The question is will he have the kick to beat guys who will also be in 3:32-3:34 shape like Wheating, Manzano, Torrence, and Centro who have good kicks. So far Alan has not had a good kick this season, but obviously he is behind the curve in fitness right now and is quickly catching up. Since Alan is playing a catch up game right now he won't be able to just run away from these guys with superior fitness, so it's crucial that he sets himself up in 2nd or 3rd place with 400 or 500 to go and starts hammering it there and not leave it to the last 100 to separate because he probably won't have that kind of closing speed by the trials.
With how Alan's fitness is improving there is no doubt he'll hit the A standard for the Olympics, now he has to focus on developing that kick or else he has no chance at even making the Olympics.
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