Boris Johnson wrote:
Ovett had a great, great career and would have had a better one if not for the breathing problems, and he was super-talented and competitive, but I have to say that Wheating was the bigger talent, just as fast at 800/1500. He just lacked the tactical finesse, competitiveness, and health, big problems, obviously.
Wheating had one good run over 1500m and you suggest he was a better talent than someone who ran dozens of 1500s and 1 miles (often front running and/or looking very easy) in the 3:32/3:50 range?
Ovett was the fastest teen in his age group in the UK over 400m, running 47.5, was Olympic champion over 800m (with a faster pb than Wheating, running more than 30 years earlier, and certainly capable of 1:43 low had he been bothered about fast paced efforts), was 5000m Commonwealth Champion, 2mile WR holder, ...... and you have the audacity to claim Wheating was a 'bigger talent'!! Unbelievable!
It was so disappointing to see Ovett run so poorly tactically in this race.
He should have got a medal.
It is great to see old races again.
I must say Steve Scott's running action is underrated.