Bad Wiggins wrote:
Can you tell me what the NR in the 1500m would be in the US (inferior country?) if you hadn´t got your 2 African immigrants?
It would have been nothing to get excited about, just like New Zealand's 3:30. There are people more than four seconds faster. You are correct, native-born Americans suck at the 1500.
The way people are carrying on about New Zealand's new track hero, you'd think this was the highlight of that inverted island backwater's sporting existence, instead of rugby. It's not even bigger than cricket.
In reality he is the equivalent of Galen Rupp. Meaning, pretty good! His country's best. Can mix it up in world competition. But, sadly, that's about it. Even looks just like Rupp. He's cursed to a Rupp-like career.
Perhaps you should check the AUSTRALIAN McSweyn´s profile in World Athletics compared to Rupp´s!
McSweyn is running almost 4 seconds faster in the 1500m and 15 seconds faster in the 3000m. (I will, however, mean Rupp possibly had potential to run faster than 7:43 but nothing near McSweyn´s 7:28).
In the 5000m and 10000m Rupp still has better PBs but McSweyn can possibly run below 12:50 in the 5000m and below 26:40 in the 10,000m in his current shape. McSweyn´s 3000m time equals 12:48.65 in the 5000m and 26:44 according to World Athletic´s points. But you can also find the 10,000m time by doubling the 5000m time and adding 1 minute which gives 26:37.30.
So everything indicate that the AUSTRALIAN will be on a substantial higher level than the American!
By the way: I think it is very arrogant to write down Galen Rupp´s achievements. Even though he is not one of the All Time Greats I think he have had a very impressive career on both the track and the roads. I wonder if you ever have achieved anything yourself or if you just observ and downplay other people´s performances LYING COMFORTABLE ON YOUR SOFA?!