An entire generation has never run on tracks that weren't perfectly tuned and engineered for fast times. You just don't get it. Ignorance is no substitute for a rational analysis. Those times are insane!
Seriously? No one cares. No one in the world apart from the ones beating the records and the ones who had their records beaten. Oh, and you.
Flat track world record? Ridiculous.
Here's some rational analysis:
The other parts of the world that mean anything in the 800 (aka east and southern Africa) barely race indoors. It is really just North America and Northern Europe that do so, and far more so North America. When they DO travel to race indoors, they don't generally do it on flat tracks, because why would good meets like Stockholm, Birmingham, NBIG, Millrose etc ever use flat tracks?
Getting excited about an "indoor flat track world record" is like bragging about swimming records set in a 25-year pool. Interesting trivia at best.
Want proof? Who held the "indoor flat track world record" in the 800 until just now? Mark Everett. Great runner, but do you REALLY think he is even CLOSE to the top of the global list over the 90s/00s/10s???
Soft "WR." Period.