I just read the article on the main page comparing Hall in 2007 and Rupp this year. I was 13 in 2007 so didn't realize how good he was.
Who would have won?
What a crock.
Hall, no contest. He had guts that Galen will never have.
He's got plenty of lack of guts before the races.
Can someone point out for me even ONE race where Rupp lacked "guts"? He performs every time he races and almost always gets the job done. .
The question wasn't about career or about 2008, it was about Hall in 2007.
oh please wrote:
Beijing 2008: Hall did not try to go with leaders in hot Olympics, finished like 12th place.
Rio 2016: Rupp did try to go with the greatest marathoner of all time in the Rio Olympics, where it was also hot and humid, and got a PR and Olympic medal.
Rupp and Hall both have an Olympic Trials marathon win.
Rupp has a WMM win. Hall has none.
Hall has run time trial type of race (London twice, Chicago once when it had pacers still) and run 2:06 in one of those. Rupp has not run a race like that yet.
Hall has that sub 205 at Boston, wind or not that's a good run (probably still sub 207), and he is the one that pushed it from the gun. Don't see Rupp doing that.
An Olympic medal and a non-paced WMM win makes Rupp look like he would be better in a match-up without pacers. For that matter I think he'd be better in a time trial too, but of course that remains to be seen.
I watched Hall in 2007. He ran great when he was "on" and could do what he liked best--seeing how fast he could run. In the marathon trials and Houston half, that had him solo where there were no longer tactical considerations. When he wasn't having a great day, his emphasis on time hurt his placing. Like two months after the Houston half he ran Gate River 15K, shot out to the lead, got frustrated when his splits were slower than in Houston, and wound up finishing second.
another runner wrote:
I can tell by the replies that many didn't watch Ryan Hall race in 2007. Hall would win by a minute or more.
Read the article. Here are their last 8 miles.
what were his last 5 miles in 2007?
If this is true, why couldn't do this when the winner ran 2:08 in the 2016 Olympics, or when the winner ran 2:09:30 in 2017 Boston?
If it came to a head-to-head race, Rupp would do what it took to win.
With all due respect, this is how high school coaches talk. Distance running doesn't work this way. Go look at the times of the runners that Hall and Rupp actually beat in a race. Has Rupp ever beat a 2:06:30 guy?
Which means sitting on Hall till the end and out kicking him. Rupp would not lead a step until the final half mile and then he would blow him away.