blob. wrote:stuck with match.com wrote:
El Guerrouj runs a 3:26 and everybody cries doper! Wheating runs 3:30 and everybody cries hard work and talent, fastest man in the us!
Will we ever see this Wheating again?
Sometimes all the stars align for an athlete in a race as we have seen on other occasions. Webb's 3:53 mile at age 18 or Robby Andrew's 1:44x at the NCAA champs are other examples of athletes who ran an incredible race and struggled to get back to that form. With that said, if you run a great time at a young enough age, you should be able to do it again at some point. The problem with running a great time at a young age is that's what people will always measure you by and the pressure can be too much...ask Webb about that. If Wheating runs a respectable 3:32 or Andrews' 1:44, those times will be about where they should be, but the fandom won't see it that way.