give until it hurts wrote:
Ummmm, ever heard of Mo Farah? Billy Mills? Matt MF Cenrowitz?
Once again you demonstrate having a 20-minute 5K intellect.
Ask any top runner and they will tell you that a record can be taken away any time, whereas a medal is yours forever.
Since you have zero chance of ever winning a race, it makes sense that you would focus on time. For a champion, their sole focus is on winning.
Disclaimer: take some of the stuff that I say with a grain of salt. I like to fuss it up a little when it comes to running.
I respect those runners, but none of them are legend like Bekele is legend, or how El G is legend, or even how Bernard Legat is legend.
We all know Matt's win was due to a slow race, and Farah always got smoked by other east africans. HE got with NOP, and all the fast runners went to the marathon.
You don't dream about those runners or get excited about those runners. Put it like this, most people drive a basic car, something like a Toyota, Honda, or Nissan, etc. Those cars get the job done, and they are remembered for getting the job done. But people dream about Ferraris, Lambos,Porsches, etc. Those cars are legends. Everyone does not have one or drive one. They are like WRs
Your Mo's. Your Centros and Rupps are the Toyotas and Nissans of running. Bekele, El G, Kipchoge, etc are your Lambos of running.
And Ryan Hall, Alan Webb, Deena Kastor, KK, Bernard Lagat are you Lambos of American running. Jordan Hasay is making her way up to that level.
Think about it. Galen Rupp won the Chicago Marathon, but no one really talked about it, because Hasay's 2:20 overshadowed it. That was all people talked about, and she didn't even win. But she put in the fastest american women's marathon time on american soil! Rupp ran won of the slowest winning times in the current era of the Chicago Marathon, and for the majority of the race, runners were on 2;13 pace. No one really cared about his victory, because the time was terrible.
At the end of the day, time matters. Time will always matter. As humans, we never have enough of it, and time will always out live us. WE care about our splits. We care about our pace. And we care about our finishing time. .....
Plain and simple, american men are bull s h i t t i n g, and the women are blazing, which is why the women are getting all of the attention right now.
If Hasay runs London, drops under 2;20, and breaks Kastor's record, rupp and other american elite male runners will not be able to show their faces. It will be just like the dichotomy between the United States Men's National Soccer Team and the Unites States Women's national soccer team. One is s h i t , and the other one is the best in the world.
You know I am telling the truth, so cut the crap.