Wise Old Man wrote:
Hassan provided such a beat down of the field that it is hard to fathom the talent gap between her and everybody else.
I mean the rest were all asleep in their beds this morning, and she was out running a 4:05 the in the dripping heat after a fall. She humiliated Obiri and Tsegay, they looked like JV runners. I hope Kipyegon is ready for what's coming. Monaco will be a distant memory. Hassan is a woman possessed. When these games are done, the great accomplishments of Geb, El G, Bekele, Farah will all seem quaint by comparison to what Hassan will have accomplished.
People forget over and over. the cream ALWAYS rises. at least most of the time. you see this in high school and ncaas. the best runners will sweep distance events, always going into their second race on pre-fatigued legs, against fresh competition.
One year, the first day of states were rained out in New York, and I thought no way this happens in the 1600 and 3200. Still, same guy winning both races with very little rest. Running PRs, or within 1-3 seconds. Same thing with Hocker in NCAAs. These guys don't need rest. I mean, it eventually catches up to you, but until it does, these guys are just as good on used wheels as fresh.
It will make a difference in the 1500 because Kipyegon is Hassan's equal. But when there is no question of the better talent, the results always end as they should.
I believe this is true from 1500-5000. I have not seen this extend to 10000, so I can't say what that will look like.
Did Hassan run the 10000 or 1500 first at Doha?