Malmo, R.L. Scribner-
I believe that PDubbs was trying to suggest that, were Lagat still a Kenyan citizen, because of the slow start (or rough start) to his summer, he would have struggled to make the Kenyan WCs team. From a strategic standpoint, it makes Lagat's decision to apply for US citizenship appear quite wise.
It seems that PDubbs was speaking in hypothetically. So, it's not wholly relevant, but it's certainly not irrelevant, and he didn't get his timing wrong.
If Lagat was still a Kenyan, do you think he'd have had a slow start this Summer? Smoke that in your hypothetical pipe.