Chris Solinsky may be out of worlds. He might of run very few races this year. He may have a terrible hamstring tear.
But, he is the active AR holder in the 10k in a time that all of us remember and still should til this day. This year he had terrible luck with the injury, but he's human, and we all have injuries. Right now my right knee is killing me from over-training and I have a marathon in 10 weeks! It makes me feel good when even my hero can stand up and say, hey I gotta sit this one out.
Chris Solinsky will come back with so much fire next season and straight up dominate. He will go under 26:50 if he sides with the 10k or under 12:50 if he sticks with the 5k. He ran times last year that we never though were possible outta HIM or any big REAL dude.
But lets look at what he have to look forward to this year, a stellar team of Lagat, Rupp and now Bumbi in the 5k. A faster team we have never sent. One or possibly two could medal and Bumbi will gain great experience, since he is new to this World Championship Caliber level.
To Chris, I am looking forward to your comeback, bigger and better than ever. I think 2012 will be an amazing year for American distance (and even middle distance running). The Olympics in London will be a showcase, and our hero will be back to run, back to win the GOLD MEDAL. We just have to wait. Thanks for your dedication to the sport Chris!