Sour grapes wrote:
Well this was not a huge surprise, remember that interview he gave a while back about how old he felt (he was like 32 at the time)?
Agreed, this has mostly been a love-in for Teg, as it should be, but the last 2-3 years have been a huge disappointment and a sour end to a brilliant career. In fact he really hasn't put up a world class (US Class, maybe, World, no) performance since 2009 when he ran 12:58. or his 2007 2 mile in 8:07 was truly amazing, esp considering his relatively sluggish 1500m/Mile PBs.
When he said he was "too old" for the 5k and moving up, he should have just hung up his spikes/shoes, he was done. At a similar age Teg said was too old, Mo was winning championships and actually getting faster, setting PBs and running the 1500 about 6 seconds faster than Teg.
My guess is that Schumacher burnt out Teg, just like he burnt out Bairu and the "bulletproof" Solinsky.
It's called a normal career trajectory for an elite athlete.
Getting faster in your 30s, and setting huge 1500 PRs 10+ years into your elite career, is called a not normal career trajectory.