huh? what? wrote:
The USOT 1500 final was a 3:34 quality race, obviosuly Webb, Jon, Chris, Ahmed and Gabe, etc., could certainly run under 3:40 is a TT type race. To get into the the top 3, who have to ask yourself was Wheating capable of running sub-3:35 after running rounds. (Possible, but I don't think so.) If Wheating had made to the 1500m final, he would have been in a race where his PRs would have been on average 5 seconds slower that the other guys.
That don't make no sense. First of all, who had run faster than wheating this year going into the trials?
Who ran faster than wheating's 3:38 at the trials?
Wheating ran what, 1 x mile and 1 x 1500 this season? He runs 3:38 in his 2nd attempt at the distance, running 26 is last 200 and blasting past the finish line? I think most people who watched that knew that if he needed to he could have run 3:36 that day.
These guys haven't really done anything to show they are more fit than Wheating for 1500 this season. Lagat, you just give it to him at this point. The rest? Wheating was faster than Lopez for most of the season with his 3:38 from several months ago, and he was faster than Lopez at 800 just a week ago. And with Wheating's size a 1500 should be easier to navigate than an 800.
Like I said, he surprised me in the 800m, so obviously my crystal ball is not perfect. However, in championship races you have to throw out the times, Lagat, Leo and Lopez are certainly capable of running faster than 3:40, but that is how the tactics played out. Most of the guys in the final ran 3:40s in the qualifing round. The Olympic final could be won in 3:35, but the race will be full of 3:30 guys.
Like I said, Wheating would have to have been capable of running 3:35 in the final to make the top 3. And, forget about the fact that he had a faster SB than some of those guys, Pros have a difference competition cycle than the NCAA. Most of those guys had been training for just that one race.