fair point, but he also didn't race many miles back then...being in sub-4 shape is one thing, doing/getting in the right race is another.
i'd be interested to see his 06-08 PRs and if they suggest he was in sub-4 shape, or they are equivalent to sub-4 performances by various tables.
. As recently as 2008, he was still a 4:01 guy. Sort of reminded many people of Ryan Hall - fast in HS but maybe he's really a long distance guy.
He finally breaks 4:00 for first time in 2009. Now 4 years later, he's a 3:50 indoor miler.
This is interesting but I think it misses the point a bit. From 2006-08, salazar's goal was to get Rupp to the Olympics. Rupp's best chance was the 10000. To make it he had to be able to run 27:30s. He did that and made the team. After that, the focus was on being competitive in the London 10000. He began running mile races so he would have the speed required in the last 800. Many on here made fun of it but Rupp eventually broke 4:00 and has done 4 years of speedwork so that he would have the strength to close a 10000. It's not a sudden progression. He went 4:00 to 3:57 to 3:53 to 3:51. The last few seconds are a bit surprising but it's not a 3:48. There are maybe 50 guys in the world who can run that this year. Of course Rupp could be on something but I think he mainly got into great shape at the right time. Right now, there are not many guys in the world who can run 26:40. A few years ago there were. Rupp medaled when Bekele was no longer at his peak, Sihine was done and Jelian and Merga were out. If he comes up against a fresh set of 26:30 guys, Galen may not look that dominant. It may look more like a Diamond League 5000 for him - In the mix with a small chance at the win