break it up wrote:
Until Rono came on and then Aouita with his pacemakers, the 5k was a cruise 3000 in 8:00 and save it for the kick. Also in those days record attempts for that distance didn't exist. However Clarke and Viren were 10k runners and their 5k prs look about what you would expect. And the milers were mostly 800-1500 types at their peak. I doubt when Quax and Dixon and Bedford moved up they were as fast in the mile. Then again I guess Aouita was the only modern runner capable of simultaneously breaking world records in the 5000 and 1500/mile. Sydney Maree was right behind though once.
Maybe -- Steve Ovett broke the WR for 2 miles in 1978 and beat Henry Rono to do it. His time of 8:13.5 predicts a 5000 time of 13:06-13:16, depending on choice of table. And he did run 13:20 in 1986, well past his best days.