think about it.
unless i am wrong, cram and elg have similar 400m open speed. crammy probably had a 48.0 open 400.
steve cram ran 142 with a 329 best, he and el-g finished races in similar fashion, similar splits. peter elliot ran 142.
and el-g was significantly stronger. - almost 4 seconds faster over the metric mile.
even if elg was slower than cram over 400 the strength factor would at least compensate.
el-g thought running the 8 was not good for him and that is the only reason we did not see tons of 143 results and a couple of 142's.
I would say Cram was slightly faster in an open 400 & certainly capable of 3:28 if he'd had all the rabbited races and competitors EL G had.
When Cram ran his 1:42.8 he was in a career peak form and basically had Cruz pacing and drafting him to 700m. I think he was at limit with that time.
That's a world of difference to running a 1:42.7 tt in training. Even if this happened, you got to ask whether he had a rolling start, it was hand timed so could be a few tenths out there. It also seems strange that if this really did happen, why is he on record as stating he could run 1:44? And this was towards the end of his career.