SDSU Aztec wrote:
big dave22 wrote:
Boss race. Legit world junior record (lulz at the boy wonder Kwemoi who can't even finish a race anymore).
In another thread people were claiming that Kipchoge lied about his age by at least 6 years. I pointed out that someone with Kipchoge's natural ability would likely to have been world class at 18 so why would he want to shut down his career for 6 years. The answer was that it was impossible for an 18-year old to break 13:00.
So now we have an 18-year old running 3:30 and there are no age cheat accusations. Is it because Kipchoge is from a "sh*t-hole" country?
You're the one calling Kenya a 'sh*t-hole" country. It would be almost impossible to age cheat in a country like Norway. In Kenya, many places still don't even record births. And as Trollism pointed out, it really comes down to the fact that there is WIDESPREAD DOCUMENTED AGE CHEATING IN KENYA.
I personally believe the 6 year difference in Kipchoge's actual age is an exaggeration, but I think it's reasonable that he is 2 or 3 years older. How do you know he would have had to 'put his career on hold for six years'? According to his biography, he didn't even start training seriously until 16. That in itself makes his peaking on the track at 18 even more suspicious and unlikely. Perhaps he did start taking running seriously at 16, when his pretend age was 13 or 14. Even with super natural talent, I doubt if he would be dominating as a junior after one year of training (although if you believe his real age and biography then he beat Bekele and El G after two years of training).
Also, how do you know how much natural talent he had as a schoolboy? Perhaps what we are seeing is the result of him being literally the only guy in history to have been on EPO, largely full throttle, for up to 20 years.