lornas king of wife wrote:
I have to disagree strongly. There are so many factors that determine performance on any given day. I don't think it's fair to say a runner doesn't have "the killer instinct" just because of one race. Jager has been an animal on the U.S. and world scene for years now. He's the greatest US steepler of all time. You don't get anywhere near that point without killer instinct.
I agree that Kipruto was simply monstrous today. He undoubtedly has grit. I think it's so subjective and hard to accurately tell how "tough" a runner is, though, without having any real insight beyond surface level appearance into their pain level or what they are pushing through or overcoming.
Well said. Jager is under the microscope because he is the only US hope. He has beaten Kipruto multiple times before, and no one started threads questioning whether Kipruto had "killer instinct." It comes down to who is better on the day and Kipruto and Bakkali were a lot better today.