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RE: Is Rupp the most genetically gifted white distance runner ever?

doctorj wrote:

If we are talking of the most genetically gifted WHITE distance runner Of ALL TIMES, it means we have to include Nurmi and those old timers, otherwise reformulate the question to..."Is Rupp the most genetically gifted white distance runner TODAY?". huge difference, right? Can you process that? Let me train your little mind kid, (You must be a juvenile right?) It is absurd to compare times when science and training methods were not even advanced. Not to mention shoes, track surface, temperature etc. in addition these "ancient" athletes did not ran for a living, they had day jobs too. We are talking about having the genetic built to be a superb athlete in all conditions. Nurmi proved that beyond any doubt. Rupp? He will melt at 113 temperature for a 5k event. Obviously you don't even know who Paavo Nurmi was. Go do yourself a favor, check his biography carefully and his accomplishments. He could run in cold weather, hot weather, rain, sleet, multiple events. Educate yourself. Have a freak like Nurmi be alive today with all the advances in training methods science and technology, and dedicated only to running, Rupp will be eating his dust. Heck, he would be giving hell to the Kenyans. These "ancient" athletes could care less if it was hot or not nor could care less how separated their events were, they were warriors, not commercial domestiques, and they had day jobs.

Your argument isn't very compelling. In fact, some of your statements are plain dumb; "Rupp would be eating his dust?" Really? Did you put that in a computer simulation or something? LOL. Btw, where are the Finns in today's era? How about 20 yrs ago? Other than your Nurmi & Viren, what happen if they're so great?

You really need to educate yourself on what Rupp has accomplished in this era - an era dominanted by East Africans with times never seen before. Rupp holds two (2) times in the top 30 of the all-time fastest 10000, in which the top 300 is completed dominated by Africans. Rupp's 26:44.36 is *24th* all-time, but 15th on an individual basis since some runners ahead of him have more than one time listed (e.g., Bekele has 5!). In addition, Rupp is just one of a few non-Africans to go sub-13. A bronze against loaded a field of Ethiopians at London and an impressive bronze in the heat at Rio. And Rupp has persevered through his fair share of injuries.

You're just pretentiously showing bias toward Nurmi and HATRED toward surprises there.

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