Just sayin... wrote:
I mean c'mon, I have nothing against him or anything, and I think he will go on to be successful, but he is a guy who jumped onto the scene out of nowhere by beating Sambu in a road 10k and earning a spot on the team in both the 5/10k. I think he has potential but does anyone really think he will be able to go up against guys like Farah, Ndiku, Koech, Gebrhiwet, etc... at his first international competition. Both the 5 and 10 are gonna be loaded with tactical veterans, so I just don't see a medal coming his way this time around
he didn't just jump onto the scene by beating Sambu. He burst onto the scene at 2013 world xc (placed 6th?) then running 13:02 at payton jordan invite.
this year, people are talking about him because not only has he taken some scalps in road races, but he also won the NY diamond league 5000m. no other americans have won a DL 5k. for both world xc and that 5k, conditions were bad. ben true has proven time and time again that he can out-perform others in bad weather (cold or hot).
that's why he has a shot at a medal. conditions won't be very good in beijing probably, and galen rupp hasn't been doing well this year, so ben true and ryan hill (who in my mind is more likely to medal than true) both have a decent chance at top 5.