In an era of middle and long distance running that is deeply competitive, I was super impressed with Nuguse’s second place finish in the mile and new American record and Fisher’s third place bettering his own American record in the 3,000 m.
Both of these guys gave it their all and competed with the best at the highest level. Nuguse showed that this year and Fisher showed that the past couple of years and at the end of the season this year. Nugese’s season was exceptional and constant either winning DL meets or placing high. He crushed Webb’s record and gave JI a scare. Fisher is the comeback king. To have had a mid season injury that cost him a spot (or spots) on the WC team and come back finishing off the season the way he did is incredible and takes much fortitude.
Both of these guys are not only fun to watch race; they are great to listen to as well. Their Humility, authenticity, insight, and competitive drive resonates in discussion (win or lose).
Both of these guys are great competitors, young, roll models for the sport, and have a bright future.
Both of these guys have backgrounds that they could have rolled into strong careers after university but they chose to see how far their athletic talents can take them. Lucky for US track fans.
Wishing them well in their training and competitions leading up to the Paris Olympics. And of course medal/s.