No way is a 25 year old farmer breaking 20 minutes first time out. At a shorter distance like a mile he would do much better maybe getting under 6. Running is all about specificity. Of course if he trained, the curve would be crazy steep.
The high school kids running 17 minutes were most certainly running around playing soccer etc. which is at least running in some form. A 25 year old ethiopian farmer, however talented, is not going to blast a 5km on nothing but potential after plowing fields.
lol you have no idea what exceptional talent is.
Bekele would break 16 with 0 mile. We are talking about the most talented runner of all time
I'm sub 18 after 2months of training after years with 0 sport.
Bekele would easily be sub 15 with 2months of training.
And sub 14 in less than year.