Wow - some of this is ridiculous wrote:
I don't think it's accurate to say that Rupp dodges competition in the marathon.
Good post, especially with regards to 2017 Boston.
In general I find the "dodging comptetition" criticism confusing. It is not as if Rupp is targeting only Disney marathons or those downhill BQ races or something silly like that. He is running Marathon Majors. In fact, if you look at the WMM standings, Rupp is tied for first with Wanjiru, Kipchoge, Kirui (Geoffrey), and Kamworor. In the previous WMM series, essentially Rupp's first year as a marathoner, he was tied for third with Berhanu Hayle, Kipketer, Chumba, and Kirui (Abel). Where are all the 2:04 guys in the rankings? Below Rupp.
If anything, Kipchoge et al were dodging competition with the Breaking2 project.
Accusing Kipchoge of dodging competition is ... I don't know how to characterize it diplomatically....
Plus you've already lost track of the point you're attempting to debunk -- namely, that Rupp (allegedly) can't run fast.
Trying an analogy based on Kipchoge running sub 2:01 at Breaking2 is ... an entirely failing analogy...
Fundamentally, Kipchoge is about the last person on earth you can accuse of dodging competition and being unable to run a fast marathon....
I would not accuse Kipchoge of dodging competition and have not done so, just that you can build quite a thorough case to attempt to prove that, if that is something you are interested in (aka if you are the type to accuse Rupp of dodging competition).
Breaking2 had no competition - so, less than literally any marathon. Kipchoge REMOVED himself from a competitive environment to do Breaking2. (I do not fault him for doing so, tempting to run that time no matter how aided, and of course the pay...)
Kipchoge ran 1 (one) race in 2017 (Breaking2 not a race). Rupp ran 2 (two) majors and a few other different distances (more
And Rupp and Kipchoge are tied in WMM rankings.
If one is a dodger so is the other.