Yes, the fact that the man who destroyed the pre-nats record (previously held by last years NCAA champ, who happened to beat Rupp after Rupp returned from the world championships) is mind boggling.
Ok so Chelanga lost by 5 seconds to a guy who is basically a pro, went to the olympics, didn't run a full college season, and to top it all off Chelanga ran, strategically, a terrible race. he must suck. Rupp should have DOMINATED this race, he's a god damn OLYMPIAN, the fact that chelanga was even there is amazing.
were you using this to discredit Rupp's win over Chelanga? Have you ever run a competitive season in your life? This actually makes it more impressive that Rupp had to taper for the olympics in august, then take a break afterwards, then come back and get in two races prior to NCAA's. You kind of shot yourselve in the foot with this.
Ok so Chelanga lost by 5 seconds to a guy who .... went to the olympics, didn't run a full college season, .... the fact that chelanga was even there is amazing.
Are you actually going to debate that Chelanga ran the race he should have? It doesn't take a tactical genius to recognize when a runner is in over his head, not running smart. Chelanga may believe his strategy was ideal and that Rupp was simply that much better, but most of us who have run more than 5 road races probably have enough experience to know that running away from someone as good as Galen Rupp isn't smart.
And how should he have run? Do enlighten us since you clearly know the exact tactical decisions which would have resulted in a different outcome.
'08 Kenya list 13:20 would be 29th Kenyan
im not sure a 13:20 5k runner is Kenyans E team