This discussion was ONLY about promise/potential, so within the parameters of this discussion, it IS about "whether one had more potential than the other".[/quote]
That is how you and some others have chosen to define the discussion. The thread title holds up Wheating as a warning about getting "prematurely excited" about Hocking. What is the point of arguing who has, or had, the greater absolute potential - a question incapable of definitive answer when that potential was never fulfilled in one case and has yet to be so in the other? Surely the relevant point is that there were great things that could have been predicted for Wheating at an early stage of his career that were never achieved, he showed he was a similarly talented athlete to Hocking and so the same could equally apply to Hocking's career?
Wheating remains a footnote to American track history; Hocking could be the same. Or not. We don't know yet and we can't say.