I bet he eventually runs as fast as Ritz and Hall. Maybe faster. He just needs the right day.
The Kenyans know who he is. He beats plenty of their top guys at the Olympics and WCs. Stop pretending they don't watch the sport that provides their livelihood and opportunity. These guys train like crazy to race In the world's biggest races. They see Rupp. Why wouldn't they bother to be briefed on the ten elite runners int he field. Don't buy or peddle that silly hype.
Every thing points to at least 2:07; I don't know how anyone thinks Rupp won't be competitive. Perhaps he'll never be great by world standards, but he's already pretty darn good already unless you think a 26:44 10K, 2 Olympic medals, multiple USA Marathon Championships and a WMM 2nd place was all a fluke. He now has a shot at running a fast time, I can't see why anyone would count him out.
You wanna bet he WON'T best coach Al Sal's 2:08:54 (since the 2:08:13 at NYC was SHORT)
Nothing on his recent performances points out to a 2:07. His 10k 26:44 are inconsequential since after that the fastest he has run is for the marathon is 2:09:59, and has struggled at the end. The kid is talented, YES, but that's pretty much about it. The Kenyans don't give a rats tail about him.