The list of all-time top level milers who couldn’t do this is long.
Javelin. Gutsy run by Bayi.
3:29 leading all the way?
I thought about this after world champs. Modern plates spikes and new mondo surface… easily 3:28
I cannot disagree.
El G was the last real deal but even 1970 and 1980 generation are better than the current folk
You can't really compare El G's lot to the ABP era, also with a WADA lab in Nairobi.
This is probably the most exciting and authentic era since the 70's. The Coe/Ovett era was exciting and authentic, but they were dominant and rarely raced each other. Now you have a number of guys who could all beat each other on the day. Jakob is still arguably the best in the world, but he's not yet dominant, and might never be if he doesn't work on his 800m speed.
It wouldn't have worked for Bayi by 1976. The field would have followed him and not allowed a 20m gap. In '74 he was relatively unknown and his tactics were new.
This is probably the most exciting and authentic era since the 70's.
Because the existence of your queen Elizabeth rolling the old colonies.
The Coe/Ovett era was exciting and authentic
narcissism when it call me
Jakob is still arguably the best in the world, but he's not yet dominant, and might never be if he doesn't work on his 800m speed.
because these your Jake of all trads guy.
American made a movy for Billy (the Olympic Gold usurper) but they never cared about this gray skinny North African. His name is written in America Forgotten book volume.
This was before the Commonwealth.
As Peach Pit said, best 1500m performance was Cheruyoit leading all the way for the gold, 3:29.
I was in the stands mid home straight for that race.
Got it on 8mm film, great run
Bayi ran by himself most of the way in a race in which five runners broke the old World record or were within a second or so. No comparison.
He had company the entire way.
Ryun leading all the way to a world record:
And the boycotts of the '80s leading to incomplete fields. This era is better with so much unpredictability on who could win, fast races, and deep competition from all over.
The '90s there are plenty of drug suspicions and it is hard to look at athletes like Morceli, El Guerrouj, Cacho and so on and know what to think given all the drug innuendo. The 2000 (despite the Moroccan pacing) and 2004 olympics 1500m finals were great however, but the World Champs in most of these years were just a dud throughout with teammates pacing in finals (lame) and drama-free dominant victories by El G/Morceli.