You're right and wrong. Many good American distance runners are bad/underperform in the steeple because they are poor all-around athletes (i.e. lack the coordination, jumping ability, capacity for anaerobic surges, etc). This is because the filter than gets most American kids into running is being BAD AT OTHER SPORTS.
just the facts brother wrote:
It just isn't that simple. Some guys can run 50 sec 400m off of a fast pace and some just can not. Agility and athleticism are a HUGE factor - some are efficient at barriers and some are not, regardless of how fast they are in flat races.
So you are putting down the all-around athleticism of American runners by comparing them to a bunch of guys who are like 5'2" 100lbs?
rupp-certified saladbar wrote:
[quote]just the facts brother wrote:
In Kenya, GOOD ALL-AROUND ATHLETES GET INTO RUNNING, and their training style makes them better. Training fartleks and sick progressions on essentially rough XC courses from age 13-18 is pretty good steeple prep.
Congrats on being first. I was going to post something very similar.
It would take less than 8:08.82
The world record is 7:53. There is no way that Lagat, at age 38, would run below that and I doubt he could break 8:00. I'm not sure that he could even break the American record.
he could go 7:50 with good technique.
This is why nobody on these boards pays any attention to you. In fact, every poster with the name "Coach" seems to be a moron.
Lagat even w/o good hurdling technique would probably break the record in his 2nd or 3rd attempt and I would not be surprised if he got it on his first attempt.