Assert wrote:Please stop over-rating Wanjiru. In his prime he was out-kicked by Martin Lel. In his prime he could not come close to the WR on many fast course (he ran both Chicago and London). Yes, he won the Olympics, but it was no more impressive than what Abel Kirui has been able to do at the World Championships.
Wanjiru was great. An Olympic Champion. But he was no WR holder. Not a chance.
you clearly hadn't followed sammy
he was just a fledgling M'er entering '08 hoping to get a berth for peking in london '08
he lost to lel, the best M'er in the world but looked somewhat intimidated by him & ran mostly with him without trying any big surges at the end
he got onto the team which was main aim
peking was his peak
afterwards it's been widely reported he was drinking heavily & hanging out with gangstas & despite this he still won big races but was shadow of his peking shape
it was reported that just before his death he was getting his act together & iirc was even going to go back to hermit like existence in japan
if he'd lived, he wouda possibly whipped himself into 2"04 shape ( flat course ) by now ( woudn't have got him onto london team if kenyans pick their team now ) & improved on that by next year ( but still mighta missed the team )