(I posted this in a separate thread but am reposting as it’s own thread to see if anyone among a wider audience can identify any counter-examples to the central claim.)
In the wake of Mu’s Millrose DNF, it is really easy to forget that we’re talking about a 19-year old woman who would be competing as a sophomore in college right now if she hadn’t gone pro. And it’s also really easy to lose perspective on what she DID show us today before stepping off.
So, consider the following:
Only 6 American women EVER under the age of 20 have run sub-4:10 for 1500m.
The NCAA 1500m championship in 2021 was won in a time of 4:08.53.
Mu just ran 1409 meters in 3:50 (4:22 mile pace).
91 more meters in 18 seconds (basically, 5:20 mile pace) and she runs faster than last year’s NCAA champ and becomes the 4th fastest American woman ever under the age of 20.
There is LITERALLY no other 19-year old American woman alive right now who can do what Mu just did today for 1409 meters.
(If you think I’m wrong, post the name and fastest 1500 or mile time of another 19 year old or younger American woman.)
And that comes in a January indoor race, 5 months after splitting 48.32 for 400 meters to win her second Olympic gold, and without the advantage of the 1500 specific training that every other woman on the U.S. U-20 list or in last year’s NCAA Outdoor final had.
Do I wish she would have finished? Yes.
But if this is the biggest “failure” of her life, she will die a very blessed woman and certainly better off than most of us.