Who would have won?
Hall, no contest. He had guts that Galen will never have.
Can someone point out for me even ONE race where Rupp lacked "guts"? He performs every time he races and almost always gets the job done. .
oh please wrote:
Beijing 2008: Hall did not try to go with leaders in hot Olympics, finished like 12th place.
Rio 2016: Rupp did try to go with the greatest marathoner of all time in the Rio Olympics, where it was also hot and humid, and got a PR and Olympic medal.
Rupp and Hall both have an Olympic Trials marathon win.
Rupp has a WMM win. Hall has none.
Hall has run time trial type of race (London twice, Chicago once when it had pacers still) and run 2:06 in one of those. Rupp has not run a race like that yet.
Hall has that sub 205 at Boston, wind or not that's a good run (probably still sub 207), and he is the one that pushed it from the gun. Don't see Rupp doing that.
An Olympic medal and a non-paced WMM win makes Rupp look like he would be better in a match-up without pacers. For that matter I think he'd be better in a time trial too, but of course that remains to be seen.
another runner wrote:
I can tell by the replies that many didn't watch Ryan Hall race in 2007. Hall would win by a minute or more.
what were his last 5 miles in 2007?
If it came to a head-to-head race, Rupp would do what it took to win.
Which means sitting on Hall till the end and out kicking him. Rupp would not lead a step until the final half mile and then he would blow him away.