*cue X-Files music*
P. Knight wrote:
I guess things worked out perfectly for the Beaverton folk. Trick New Balance into signing a washed up fast food worked...throw said fast food worker's Olympic prep and mindset into a shambles...pick up a much cheaper and yet more talented new US star...score a nice Olympic medal.
He definitely has the speed, it's probably his endurance that's been neglected. Should be a tough learning experience, a steady dose of easy mileage is probably what is due for him. He's been inconsistent, and tends to slow down a lot in races, so that's most likely the problem.
hasty pudding wrote:
He's just not that good of a tactical racer. He can only run from the front ala Montana and that obviously was not going to work in the final. But he doesn't have a kickers speed to come from behind.
I'm tired of these posts bagging on pros like you have any idea how it's like being a pro. First of all, lack of racing because of the Nike dispute. Then probably felt pressured like everyone else but took it the hardest. Clayton has been racing 800,1500,4x4 so of course he was fitter. Boris made the Olympic final is that not an achievement already?!
Good stuff, fellas. Good stuff all around. Two years ago, not a single one of you had heard of Berian, and today he ran in an Olympic final WITH another countryman. Be proud of USA middle distance and distance running today.
Mad props to all the Americans who ran today. They all ran with courage and accomplished historic things. It didn't work out for Berian, but at least he ran without fear. To the original poster, the next time you make an Olympic final, feel free to criticize, until that day comes, STHU. Two Olympics in a row with two countrymen in the 800 final is something to be savored.
He was great in the semi. The disappointment in the final isn't about him not medaling, IMO, even though he had an outside chance. To me, the disappointment is how the race unfolded. If he would have been in position to possibly nab a medal and die down the homestretch, that would have been cool. But, he lost it around 550m.
I don't think he knew what to do once Kipketer went out so fast. He tucked in then gave chase and really expended himself. I don't think he really knew what to do at the beginning and it prevented him from running a controlled race.