I was reading the article on the new qualification standards for Doha 2019 and couldn't help but be a bit baffled by the sentence that mentioned the US only having 2 men under 3:36 this year since I knew that Drew Hunter had run 3:35.90 in London this year, but opon checking the USATF website I discoverd that this was indeed correct. That just seems really crazy to me that first off, the US only has 2 guys under the World Championships qualifier this year, but also that a 20 year-old is one of those two guys.
I wanted to chalk it up to 2018 being a non-championship year, but here's what the 2014 US marks looked like:
3:30.98 8 Leo Manzano Hoka Jul 18 Monaco DL
3:31.09 9 Matthew Centrowitz Nike Jul 18 Monaco DL
3:34.15 11 Galen Rupp Nike Sep 05 Brussels DL
3:34.26 1 Will Leer Nike Jul 19 Heusden
3:35.32 3 Pat Casey Oregon TC Jul 05 Oordegem
3:35.89 10 Garrett Heath Brooks Jul 12 Glasgow DL
Any thoughts on this? Is the US just having a bad year or is it a bad year for the 1500m in general?