Antonio Cabral wrote:
I want to use the Junxia case to do my opinion about what I consider a talent runner, male or female. In my opinion in long distance events, if you take 2 runners with similar performances standards, the one that have more talent is the one that trains less ? volume or intensity or both.
In this my line of conclusion, if that´s true that Junxia did what she did simply based in that monster training programme, she isn´t so talent as most of you say. In that my conclusion Paula Radcliffe or Fernanda Ribeiro or any other that trains less than Junxia they are more talented than Junxia, then the myth that´s to think that statistical probability that Junxia is very talent because among 200 billion people ther´s super talent is also a weak argument.
If te Chinese women, to do what they did they needed to train so hard that´s because they weren´t such great talents. the one that trains less is the talented one.
There are different kinds of talent. If you have woman runner A with great physical talent who runs 30:01 running 30 miles a week then sure you have a great physical talent.
Then you have runner B who trains 40 km a day for much of the year then runs 29:31.8. Who is the better runner? Well runner B is of course!!!! She ran faster! And also has more honors, championship medals, championship races won, faster times, World Records!!!!
So what is the difference here and what talent is this??? There is the mental talent to have more tenacity, to focus more on one's ONE TRAINING AND RACING (not holding up stupid signs in a stadium), eating holistically, massage, and not something slap stick with creams and all in a parlor but historally for invigoration and naturalization of the system. The Chinese have this system for thousands of years and it is part of their culture.
Wang Junxia accomplished all of these things, thus she was and is the greatest talent for women who has existed so far.
You might think Radcliff is some talent in some ascept, certainly NOT in many others. Fernanda Ribeiro I agree was a super amazing runner and competitor! Much better, in my opinion, than Radcliffe.
You yourself have stated that Fernanda did not have the talent for putting in the training. Thus certainly she ran VERY well for the training she did but, perhaps, did not make the most of herself. And you could see this by looking at her physically.