We're putting the final touches on our year-end steeple rankings and I started thinking about Jager's near-miss in Paris and how special that run was.
In the 15 years that LetsRun.com has existed, we don't think we've ever seen a male American-born distance runner win an international long distance race that was loaded with talent and not tactical. Jager came within seconds of doing something that might not have been accomplished in 30 or 40 years.
Bob Kennedy never won anything big did he? (I know Ben True won the DL 5000 in NY but that was tactical and watered down). So if we rule out Kennedy, we probably have to move back to the 1980s. Did anyone do it in the 80s? Or 70s?
Old-timers, help us out.
I'm not counting 1500s. 3000 and up only. When is the last time an American born male won an international race in a super fast time?