I am reading this thread and someof it makes me chuckle...I was at Tagelwood yeasterday and it was not in great condition. There was spots that were very muddy and the course was soaked, as it was pouring overnight. Also the grass was not "farway length" it was quite a bit high than what you would see on a golf course. Add in the fact that that the wind was howling...there must have been a 25 mile per hour gust right as the race started, and you realize that the conditons were not ideal...it was tough!
During the race it was apparent that Chelanga went out quick to seperate himself as he went through 5k right on 14:30 give or take a few seconds, which was effortless. In fact at 7 k he was running by us and actually turned all the way around, not just his head, he actually backpeddled several meters, it was quite amusing. He was just running the last 4 k or so, nothing more.
Does this mean that he will dominate Rupp, no most likely not! Rupp did run impressively at his regional, but I think that it is somewhat clear the course was either a bit short, or the course was measured from the middle. I think this is a reasonable observation.
I think that what we have is 2 guys, that if they are on there game, are going to seperate themsleves and put on a great show. Rupp is a 27:30 guy, and Chalenga seems to be on another level from last year when he ran 13:2?. Really looking forward to it, I just don't think Rupp is going to blow this guy away.