One interesting point that really struck me was this from Gladwell.
When I read that I thought one could argue the opposite.
This championship merely confirms what is extraordinary about Farahâ€™s career: that he has been a contender in virtually every race he has EVER entered in his prime.
Couldn't it be argued that Farah lost virtually ever single race he ever entered when he should have been in his prime (before the age of 28)? What's amazing with him is he's been so good later in his career.
World championship/Olympic medals won after age 27.
Kiprop: 0 (to be fair he just turned 28)
El G: 3
Update by Rojo. Later on in this thread, I remembered that my own brother set his PR just a few months short of 30.
Weldon Johnson 10k pr by age:
20 - 30:39 or 30:36??
23 - 30:14 (Everything above was in college when JK wasn't the the main coach)
24 - 29:49
26 - 28:27
28 - 28:10
29 - 28:06
Weldon had a great 4 year run later in life. Now it also coincided when he was one of the few people in the World doing high/low training. The 28:27 came right after he quit his job, started training full time and moved to altitude.