The question I'm asking isn't about who will have the better career.
The question I'm asking is if they both never ran another step again. If their careers ended today, "Whose career would you rather have - Symmonds or Murphys?"
Tale of the tape :
Olympic medals - 1 for Murphy, zero for Symmonds.
USA titles: 6 for Symmonds, 1 for Murphy.
NCAA titles: Symmonds won a ton but they were D3, Murphy won 800 indoors and 1500 outdoors this year.
PRs: Basically the same (1:42.95 symonds, 1:42.93 Murphy)