I think Mr.Canova is also defending his point of view because the genetic-argument can become easily an excuse for not working hard.
That is not true at all. I know of no American runner who begins his training thinking, "I best not work hard because I will never catch the Kenyans."
American runners work AS HARD or perhaps HARDER than ANY Kenyan. But too hard--coming off every track session with eyes rolling into the back of the head--is stupid.
I dont think that Gebre is the 2nd best talent ever behind Bekele, i guess he isnt even top-10 in biomechanics or in engine power but look how he has trained since an early age:plyometrics,sprints,drills,weights...and a lot of this stuff + the right endurance training.
Gebrselassie "is not even in the top 10"?
Who, pray tell, is? Only one runner EVER hard run faster.
And, without getting into the discussion of the nebulous definition of talent and what it means, responding to training and improving IS a HALLMARK of talent.
So I do not buy in any way your assertion, Gebrselassie is not among the top 10 ever in terms of talent.
Of course he is.
I think thats where young caucasian runners have to work on, strengthen the legs and also the feet to become more efficient runners.
They do. Most every distance runner I know does a lot of explosive work.
I know people who do all the exercises; hill sprints, plymoetrics, etc., and cannot break 60 seconds in the 400.
There is more to it than just "strong feet" because there ARE people doing the work and NOT seeing results.