Bower Man VII wrote:
But Amos will not be representing Germany in Tokyo if he does not run under the 3:35.00 Oly standard --- his pr is over a second slower than that.
Plus, if he does get the standard when BTC begins racing again in May, he likely still won't be anywhere near the world's best milers.
So -- if all of this guesswork is correct -- Jerry & Amos may feel that the 8:22.00 Oly steeple standard is more achievable than a 3:35.00 1500 and would put him higher up the world steeple pecking order if he does get that time.
Same for Sean -- getting under 8:22 may give him a better chance of making the US Olympic team and doing better in Tokyo than he otherwise would in the 5k.
Really, no downside here in swinging for the fences. Sort of like what Ryan Hall did years ago when he skipped right over the track 10k to make the Oly marathon team.
If they -- or whomever the "other guys" are -- blow up in their steeple debuts and dump 8:40s or something, they just go back to their prior main events and pick up where they left off this winter.
Just as important is how well will Evan Jager do? He hasn't raced a steeple since summer 2018. One would assume he will get the 8:22 standard right out of the gate but who knows how much faster.
Pretty sure that Amos’ world ranking would get him in without having the standard?