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RE: Sad story from the 1988 Men's Olympic Trials 1500m
I met him last fall and talked to him recently. There may be an RT article in the works about the group he trained with in Albuquerque in the 1980s (Peter Rono, Yobes Ondieki, Billy Konchellah, Ibrahim Hussein, Ken Martin, Chuck Aragon, others) when he was a 3:38 guy. This was in Boulder, but he's in Springs now.

You don't have to feel bad for him. He doesn't. Obviously he doesn't have the greatest life at the moment, but he's cheerful and keenly aware of why he is where he is. And he's a solid guy -- the first time I met him, at a Starbucks, my ancient running watch happened to finally die and he insisted on giving me his even though it wasn't like he could just go buy a new one. (He rides his bike everywhere but doesn't run these days.)

Rich tells a funny story about meeting Wetmore in the C.U. library. He recognized the coach and congratulated him on what had just been a successful cross-country season. Wetmore looked at him and asked "Who are you?" Rich told him his name. Wetmore apparently refused to believe that the guy he was speaking with, who may have smelled of cigarettes and booze, was the state prep record holder in the 1600, which I think is the oldest record on the Colorado books now at 30 years.

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