Most disappointing to me about Rono was that he quit his comeback instead of continuing on with it. Perhaps to me because of him setting an example for others and that it was a good thing to do.
Neither can hold the jock of the 1978 Henry Rono. 13:45 is a joke for those guys.
It is also only 4 seconds slower than the last Olympic finals. So not crazy for a tactical, championship race. Especially a championship that is not the ultimate goal for any of these runners.
The truth is that we don't know what age Henry Rono was (in his prime, that is for sure), but he was the best distance runner in the world and one of the best there has ever been. Had he not had alcohol issues, and ran some top races with pace setters in time trial conditions in Europe, he might have broken 8 and 7:30 and 13 and 27, back in 1978-79.
We all know that Cheserek was a Kenyan school xc champ already.
What does Rono have to do with Ches today? Who gives a flying ***K as to what Rono did then. Stop trying to belittle other athletes by highlighting something from the past. Enjoy the present, stop living in the past.