Are you inferring that Centro can run a 3:30 because other 3:30 runners ran 3:49? Which comes first in Centro's case, the chicken or the egg?
I could do a 3:49 mile.... on a bike :)
Centro has a challenge if it is a TT final... but how often does that really occur in a Championship Finale?
It is tough... however, what I am thinking more and more about is that it DOES occur in prelims more and more and perhaps the wrong prelim grouping and a 3:49 miler will not be in the finale.
It is true that two 3:30 guys a couple weeks later at Monaco in Simotwo and Lewandowski ran 3:49 for the mile at Oslo. McSweyn went from 3:48 --> 3:29. They didn't go out in 54.6 for 440 either like Centro. The mental fortitude was lacking for Lewandowski or Simotwo to run the 3:47-48 they theoretically should've been capable of (via conversion) as they weren't even at the front with McSweyn.
The mile being a little bit longer makes it more challenging in my view, so Centro running a one-off 3:49 with really bad pacing makes me fully confident he is in the same tier as everyone but Tim, Jakob and McSweyn. McSweyn is a cut above in a drag race Monaco type setup but his advantage is gone in a championship race, so really it's the Big Two and the rest.
When was the last time anyone announced some record attempt in advance, particularly in the US?
That was great marketing.
We talked about it for days.
We stayed up for it.
A crowd was lined up on the track in the outer lanes clapping the whole way.
We’re talking about it all the next day.
It was quite an event, record or not.
Even the haters got something out if it.
A lot is said about what is or isn't good for the sport RE: the ol' BTC TT attempts. At the end of the day, they got 1000-2000 people out at 9PM on a Friday, no charge at the gate, free livestream, let in other athletes who wanted in (Prakel) and Centrowitz put his head on the block saying he was going for the record.
Was lucky enough to be there. Great atmosphere, Evan Jager was throwing free t-shirts into the crowd, the scoreboard counted down from the 3:46 AR record which added to the tension, and Centrowitz stayed on the track for a good 20-30min signing autographs, taking pictures with kids etc. The race has 50,000 hits on YouTube.
He missed by a decent chunk, pacing was a nightmare and it was a bit breezy. Don't think those things being fixed would have found him 2.5 seconds but still. It was fun and got people excited in person and online. If you're gonna do a one off events this was how to do it.