in Webb we trust wrote:
Runner= ability to run. Webb had more. End of story.
again not difficult.
Willis = better 1500m runner / Webb= Better Runner
People forget that Webb was setting records in HS. and that Webb placed top 10 in USA cross the 3 times he ran.
So ability to run is only the ability to run fast? Not to beat someone head to head or compete against competition from others?
So by that logic any plethora of random Kenyans that ran faster than Jim Ryun is a better runner than Ryun?
Let's even go era to era - so Ivan Heshko was better than Webb just because his PR over 1500m was better?
In fact your argument on times doesn't apply to the Willis vs Webb scenario because over their key distances (1500m/mile) Webb is only faster at the mile. I mean everything else is pure conjecture - congratulations to Alan that decided to run a 10000m early season once and ran 27.30 - as far as I know Willis has never even run a 10000 on a track so we don't even know what he is capable of if he even cared.