Mr. Battery wrote:
Who's the best? Not considering accomplishments outside of these two events, 800m and 5000m accomplishments don't matter.
El G? 4 WC golds at 1500m, 2 World Indoor golds at 1500m, 1 Olympic gold medal at 1500m and one silver. World records in 1500m and Mile including the longest standing Mile record since we've kept track of it.
Herb Elliott? World record in the mile and 1500m at 20, 1 Gold medal and world record in Rome 1960.
What is the criteria?
I'd say that the first criteria would have to be that it was a runner before the advent of EPO.
Can't really trust any of the EPO era guys...