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RE: Solomon suddenly world class and Rupp soloing 3.50 indoor miles - Come on Letsun, ask the questions!
It's fine to be consistent.
Improvement does not necessarily make me think of doping - its changes in appearance (Flojo), sudden explosiveness (Ramzi) or unprecedented ability(Jacobs,Russian and Chinese women). For example, if someone comes in and blows away an Olympic field. It's suspicious. I'll admit I first thought TM was dirty like Ramzi. Now I am not so sure, the race was weird.
It's not like Rupp is running time never run by others. He ran a 26:48 - 30 seconds off the world record. He focused on speed the last 3/4 years after 5 years years of building aerobic ability. I think 3:51 is probably something a lot of top 5000 guys could do. Not too many 10000 guys can do it but could and he closed the Olympic 5000 in 3:57.
Solomon could be a consistent 1:43 guy. I think he underachieved for a couple of years and then was in the best 800 ever.
I am generally not suspicious of men's 800 - marathon worldwide.
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