broken arrow wrote:
Rupp had to go with the leaders when the pace dropped to a 4:42 average from 30k to 40k, that only Kipchoge could continue to the line, a 29:06 at that stage of the race hurt everyone but the winner, he is on another level right now.
I hope Rupp runs a fast marathon next year like London or Berlin but it sounds like he is going back to the track for 5/10k???
You have to think he can run in the 2:05-2:07 range with current fitness.
In 2018 he will be 32, still young, but how many really good years will he have to run some fast marathons?
Rupp was running for the gold, not the silver which I think he could have gotten had he let Kipchoge go and run a better pace to reel in Lilesa (although he couldn't have known Lilesa would necessarily fade as well). I also think he would have managed to pull out the silver if he hadn't a hard 10k in his legs (wasn't his last 5k in 13:1x?).
Rupp has shown himself to be a consistent top-5 performer in championship races (excepting the 5k, where I think he's underperformed only slightly but despite 3:50 mile speed he's more a natural 10k-marathoner), so I can't understand how people discounted his chances at a medal especially given the way Olympic marathons usually turn out. I don't think Farah could have pulled out a bronze in the marathon, nor could Kipchoge have placed 5th in the 10k with his current training (although I feel less confident about that assertion given his previous 5k success). And despite hanging with Kipchoge longer than the rest of the field, Rupp managed to be a full minute clear of 4th place.
Ward ran incredibly smart and probably ran to the best finish he could have while others overextended and faded. It will be cool to see if he can keep progressing. Second American in 6th place, the next #2 from any country was Ethiopia in 13th.
Props to Meb for his effort despite obviously battling some sort of cramp/injury. I was annoyed at the commentators ignoring his 2004 silver when talking about the last American marathon medal. And also the racial undertones when talking about westerners competing with Africans, I think this Olympics marks a turning point in raising the bar in expectations of American distance runners - after 20+ years of almost no medals in the distances, we actually beat Kenya and Ethiopia in the men's medal count. Props to Webb/Hall/Ritzenhein for the generation of new talent that they inspired starting with their sick performances as high schoolers.
Cross country scoring and I think USA would have taken the team race.