Beautiful Day wrote:
All those guys who have run 2:02-2:06 will instead run 2:08-2:12. And Rupp, who has hardly broken 2:10 will run 2:06. Right.
1. Rupp bet Meb at the trials. Okay.
2. Rupp won a bronze because each country could only send 3 athletes. Okay.
3. Rupp faded as usual at Boston and still hasn't run fast enough to top the world record from the 60s.
The dude is not a marathoner, though he's run a fair half. That's okay. Lots of guys are fast in the half marathon, and not at the full 26.2. He's pretty much trapped, though. At some point, he either has to win another one, or run a time that your standard sub-27 10K runner might run. Or, just stop running marathons. That's the obvious answer.
I don't think Rupp will be one of the greatest marathoners but I also don't see any reason why we won't be competitive or continue to improve.
I do think Rupp will be at least as fast as Mo at the 'thon.