I was fortunate to see him run in person. Pac 8 XC races and some indoor meets back in the early 1970's.
Never saw anyone who pushed that hard. I ran 2-3 races a year at the hammering effort he ran almost every race.
I would think to myself, Oh yeah, so that's what it feels like.
Still think that had he lived he would have taken second or third in the 10,000 at Montreal. Viren was still too good. Lopes had a kick. I think he might have beat Foster. That was his plan. To focus on the 10K.
I don't think he would have done well in the 5K. It was a kicker's race. Quax, Dixon, Hildenbrand, Viren.
We will never know.