Ritz has had one good marathon relative to expectations set up by his combination of times and performances at 2M (8:11), 5000m (former AR 12:56), 10000m (27:22 in a warm tactical championships race the same year as his 5 and half pr's), and half marathon (60:00 (59:59.5) in a tactical relatively warm championship race, which could easily have broken Hall's record if it was cooler and less tactical)--a better performance with the bronze medal; 60:12 aided, and the other quick times). Marathon's never been his forte. 2:07:47 is a fine time, of course, but not for a 12:56 guy with limited speed (3:42? 1500m pr), and hence, excellent speed decay.
Ritz would beat Hall. Hall was "better" than Ritz in 2008, when Ritz beat him in the Olympics. In NCAA XC, Ritz was coming off injury vs an in-shape Hall, & still beat Hall. When Ritz was 3rd in the WC 13.1, a prime Hall wouldn't have done better, but likely worse. Hall has no finish- save 1 time beating Dobson in NCAA. Hall flaunts fitness, but doesn't beat ppl in close races.
Who Dat? wrote:
Nope. Hall is.
Nike's money would be on Rupp.
Head to head my money would be on Rupp.
On a certified course.
It is just a coincidence.
Here are the most interesting parts of the LRC article:
1)... the 33 year-old Farah clocked 1:00:04, the slowest of his three winning times hereâ€¦
2)... the 33 year-old Ritzenhein, a three-time Olympian and world half-marathon bronze medalist, had other ideasâ€¦
3)â€¦ For Vivian Cheruiyot, todayâ€™s victory came with an extra bonus: it is her 33rd birthday...
Let's be honest though, be the best HALF marathoner is like being the best 60m runner. It's not the real thing