Jonathan Gault wrote:
Your statement was that Cam has always had good speed. I thought that you could infer from my statement that Rupp has superior speed. Apparently not.
So let me lay it out for you: Rupp has run a very fast indoor mile (3:50.92). His outdoor 1500 pb (3:34.15) is much faster than Levins' (3:36.88). He has also proven in Olympic and World Championship finals that he has better closing speed than Rupp.
Based on everything we knew until today, you'd expect Rupp to beat Levins over the final lap or two.
A mile time is not necessarily an indicator of speed. Bekele is better at the mile than either of them and he doesn't have any speed. It is possible to run a great mile time off of great endurance.
Once again, I will tell you that this was a 2-mile not a 10k. Rupp's world and Olympic closings were not in a 2-mile. If he demonstrated better closing in those races and Can was also in those races, don't you think its possible that that closing speed came from Rupp's greater endurance not speed? In other words, why does Bekele always close faster than Lagat even though Lagat has better speed?
Seeing Cam's kick over the years, I'd bet he is faster over 100-200 than Rupp. 100-200 is speed. A mile is not.
In a race this slow, it becomes a kicker's advantage. That is Cam.