[quote]silly gooses wrote:
He didnt suddenly get great, but he did recently graduate college.
(Rupp's) progression and consistency are perfect.
Rupp always is seemingly getting better. That is true.
I think the thing that surprises people the most is how he has gotten WAY faster in recent years at shorter distances.
He ran 4:01.8 in HS in 2004.
For years, he couldn't break 4:00. 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.[/quote]
Here are some questions:
Who were his training partners during the 2004-2008 years?
Who have they been more recently?
When did he start focussing on speed and by that I mean he or salazar make mention of it and when did he start racing the mile and 800s seriously?
Did people seriously miss he last year of track in college? There were a few of us then that were saying rupp was giving us a preview that he was ready to jump to the world level, but of course plenty of doubters.
It was 2007 when he laid out his 27:3x to win the cardinal invite and overook solinsky at 5000 with a kick.
All the clues and progression have been there all along IF you were looking at what he was doing and where it COULD BE leading, rather than one of the types who either said he wasn't running to potential or was doing something far beyond his abilities.
Guys this cat ran 14:0x in the second half of a 10k, solo, as a freshman, after falling down, mid season. That is not usual talent folks. There have been 3:50 mile guys who would have had a hard time breaking 14:00 for a straight 5k as a freshman, let alone all alone rounding out 10, 000 meters.