2) This seems rather unlikely and if it was serious enough that he could not run for 2 weeks he is a fool if he contests the 5000m, especially when if he lost endurance he is even more likely to pay the price in the 5000m. The only way I would consider it is if he is not really injured. Then he might want to start the race and if it is a jogathon for 2 miles he might have a shot.
If he races the 5000, 2) seems likely. Why couldn't the timeline be for him to be recovered from the injury just in time? Imagine him two weeks out, deciding with advice of doctor and PT that he'd just have enough time to recover if he stopped running right then, so going for the break just then.
Loss of endurance, if that happened (he surely cross trained), isn't likely going to be an issue for prolonging any injury. He wasn't race sharp for the 1500. Maybe that's a good rust buster for the 5000.
He still is the next big thing. If he was 100%, he would have easily moved on to the final and probably won that as well. Obviously, he suffered some type of injury that hindered his training and which has happened to other athletes at big meets, but some of you are looking for some type of hidden drama.
This is exactly my thought. He wouldn’t be the first guy who was limited to cross-training for a couple weeks prior to a big race (I seem to remember one of the men’s NCAA 1500 or mile champions of the last decade—Henry Wynne, maybe?—who did nothing but aqua running for something like two weeks prior to the meet.) You can’t know exactly how much it’ll affect your racing unless you get out and give it a try. Hocker did that…and found out he didn’t quite have enough back yet.
But if he’s not actively injured still, then he should absolutely consider racing the 5000 (and hope the 1500 three days earlier will maybe perk the legs up some). The only risk I see—not knowing the injury but assuming he’s indeed fully healed—is the potential loss of confidence if he gets roundly beaten a second time in four days.
Unfortunately, I do think that’s a possibility, since I don’t think he has much of a chance in the 5000 even if he was at full strength. Going in, I’d favor Fisher, Kincaid, Chelimo, McGorty, Teare, Bor, and Nur over him in a 5000 right now. The odds of him beating all but two of those guys—and the rest of the field—seem pretty low, especially with compromised training.
But if he does run, it doesn’t follow that he wasn’t injured or that the injury didn’t affect his performance.
Difference is 2:08 is not a competitive marathon time globally. Americans are just in a bubble where anything under 2:10 seems good. Hocker finished 6th at the Olympics - competitive at the global level. Fauble trains all year for a single race on US soil with a diluted field and can’t even come close to winning. Fauble is literally a nobody thinking he’s somebody, like most American marathoners. The sport will forget him very quickly after he puts up a 7 paragraph Instagram featuring 10 photos from the same Boston Marathon race about how he gave it his all blah blah blah
I think Fauble's take is dumb, but he is 100% allowed to have a take. I think it's ridiculous how runners on this forum think that you can't have an opinion on someone faster than you. 90% of ESPN is people having opinions on Lebron, or Brady, or Ohtani.
Fans in other sports don't tear down their opinions and hot takes because "Lebron is better than you, Mina Kimes/Stephen A/Jalen Rose". Running is the only sport where people think like that. Coach K was a mediocre player. Do you think his players listen to him despite that? Yeah, because dissecting performances is not the same as being able to physically accomplish those performances.
I agree. CH may have been injured, which kept him from putting the final touches on his training for USA's, and that could have prevented him from putting his well-known kick to use to get through to the next round. But it can also be fair to criticize someone for "not racing enough" to get the tactics right.
GRANTED, it may have been a more appropriate comment to make if Cole had been beat in a tactical semi or final.
Pretty remarkable people think his tactics were bad. He did this in last year's semi with Centro, was at the front most of the way. If he's fit this year he could have just cruised the last 100 for an easy W.
Of course, Fauble can say whatever he wants but the OP copied his baseless post to support his belief that Hocker, who has been outstanding in the 1500m, has somehow morphed into becoming an also ran and is faking an injury.
Well whose to say it wasn't? Maybe he wouldn't have got through running with different tactics either. Anyways tactics are overrated – it doesn't take a rocket scientist to understand how to optimally run a 1500m based on a few variables.