bro, I'll be straight up, I've run many US champs and, while I may not have liked the disadvantage if I had to race against it, it's a smart move and I would have respected the tactic as a competitor. I was cheering my head off watching that race, b/c it was actually exciting as hell.
afterwards my first thought was, if there was a $20 fee to watch a race like that, put on by the bowerman guys, I'd toss $20 in a heartbeat. worth every penny. You qualify, you get to run, period. you want to go out in 5:04 for 2k, feel free, you qualified, you can jog backwards in lane 5 if that's what you want to do, you earned it when you hit the entry standard, end of story.[/quote
The obvious issue here is that Hill is on his own now for worlds, without his trio of teammates to help. Hill is a nice fine runner, killer in a 7:40 type 3k or 13:10 type 5k, but he really needs to be able to race by himself like a big boy. Rupp will be gone from the 5k soon so if Hill wants to actually leave a mark more than sniping Rupp when he less than his best, he should probably practice real racing because his buddies won't be there in the Olympic finals or DL races. And quite frankly neither will hill if he can't handle a faster pace.
I'd be surprised if Nike has any money for Lopez Lomong after tonight. He hasn't really done anything for a while, but tonight he looked foolish. If you can work together and push the pace, fine, but if you are going blow your you-know-what completely and walk off the track. That was lame. This is the second is championship 3000 where BTC comes off looking like amateurs. I understand Hill won, but the overall impression i felt was amateur. Kennedy, Lagat and Rupp never pulled stunts like that.