chaim steinberg wrote:
I think he could still run 14:30s or 40s given full effort and same conditions, but, why would it matter unless that was his goal?
Wow, sad to see an athlete go from being a 3:46 miler to a high 14's runner in just a few years.
His times went from being world class -> barely notable for a collegiate.
Does anyone know the actual reason of why this happened?
Its likely this wasn't an all out effort but even so consider that:
1. He ran 3:46 7 1/2 years ago
2. He broke 4 for the first time 14 years ago now and ran 3:53 14 years ago this May.
Considering he became a national class talent around 1999 that is an incredible amount of time to be training at a high level. Really, we're spoiled seeing Lagat and Geb compete hard for multiple decades but those guys are extreme outliers.