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Ah yes, lets run logic, the fastest race ever by an American gets you second place in the American rankings.
Get a reality check...12:56 is a joke for Lagat if he ever really wanted to do it. He went 12:59 a few years ago, closing in 51.9 i believe it was!?
What bothers me is that German/Derricks record breaking performances count for so little. I love guys like Riley...but are you serious? Riley runs a 13:21 and is ranked above an 18 year old who in 48 states would have still be in highschool who went 13:25? That's just not right...that's a huge moment in American running that is being undervalued big time...he passed Derrick, Rupp, Sanchez, Pre, Lindgren, Ritz, etc....
Ah yes, a medal for a slower time still means you ran a...slower time. Go check the American records and let me know who is the fastest American 5k runner of all time, so I can understand what you are complaining about.
Ah yes, a medal for a slower time still means you ran a...slower time.
I think they did a good job with the rankings. The only major change I would have made was putting Teg in 2nd. If I'm not mistaken, I think the only reason Ritz was put in 2nd was because of his 12:56, correct? Well, Teg still ran 12:58, not too far behind Ritz's 12:56. And if I recall (I may be incorrect), I remember looking at the splits of Teg's race and seeing a slower first 1600 around 4:12, which is 13:07 pace, and 4:08.5ish is 12:56 pace. In Teg's defense, the 3.5 second difference is very difficult to make up when you're moving that quickly. I think if the first 1600 would have been right on pace he could have run 12:56 also. He was fit enough to do it. Just my humble opinion.
Again, lets run logic, he didn't run a 12:56 this year because he didn't really want to.