Lasse Viren about Finnish 5000m runners level in these days (notice that this is translated by Google translator):
"- It's like my friend Tuominen said, those times could be run backwards and with boots, Virén says.
This season, the world number one women's Almaz Ayana has run 5000 meters faster than any Finnish man. In all, only six Finnish men have gone below the 15-minute limit this season.
- It doesn`t look good, for some reason.
- I ran for the first time less than 14 minutes in -69 when I was less than 20 years old, so something is wrong.
What should to be done?
- If there is not any athletes who want to succeed, so hard to say what else should be done. Yes, first of all to be found in those athletes who commit themselves to work. You don´t force anyone to run.
Quadruple Olympic champion in the name of Virén 5000 meters SE-time 13,16,3, of which the modern Finnish runners can only dream of more than a minute away.
- I do not know about our runners training nowadays, then it is useless to go to criticize are they training right or wrong.
However, running is not a species changed since, so the same doctrines remain valid.
- Yes, you would think so, but today's athletes have to start from different starting points. There is no such childhood endurance, which we had.
- Today's youth do not have to do the same discreet benefits of exercise, and practiced in an independent exercise. There was no games etc. then, so had to at least come up with a self-interests. In the summer track & field sports, winter skiing trails and hills."
Notice that he doesn´t say that Finnish runners will need blood doping or something like that to run a 13.16 5k... Lasse Viren ran 13.55 in 1969 when he was 20 years old with very little training, running only about 2000 kilometers in a year 1968-1969. He did improve only 39 seconds from that what he ran at 20 years old. He didn´t need the blood "doping" to do that, if he would have "doped" he would have been much faster.