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RE: A Lydiard Thread
In focusing on Kipketer, you overlooked Coe's long runs which have been pretty well documented. As to the Schul/Snell comparison, if you give each of them the second per lap improvement that people generally allow when comparing performances on cinder and all weather tracks, Schul is quite aways from the modern world list leaders while Snell is, as mentioned, at the top.
You can analyze that anyway you want. Certainly East Africans have taken the 5,000 marks to their current levels. But the Kenyans have ALWAYS excelled at the 800. Wilson Kiprugat got the bronze behind Snell at Tokyo.
The fact that Snell's adjusted time would still be among the world's leaders today while Schul is way back suggests to me that Snell trained better than not only his contemporaries but also better than his successors while Schul's successors have trained better than he did.
But as Kim points out, that really isn't the point of this thread which is a discussion of people who already are interested in the ideas of Lydiard's or of jtupper's. It's not really about discussing the merits of each approach relative to other approaches. So I'll ignore you from now on.

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