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RE: Allright Letsrun - Who wins, Ryan Hall 2007 or Galen Rupp in 2017
Hall's Olympic Trials race was incredible, but it also proves the point. While he was on fire that day, he didn't need to go that fast. I suspect Rupp would have treated that race as business-as-usual, locked up the victory, and saved his "going to the well" for when it really matters.
Hence, Rupp seems always to step it up big time when it counts -- Olympics, Chicago, etc. So if, for whatever reason, a Rupp vs. Hall grudge match was deemed as Super Important, I'm pretty positive Rupp would lock his eyes on crossing the finish line first, come hell or high water, while Hall might blow up.
You could probably thanks Al Sal for a lot of this thoughtful career planning. It makes me wonder whether Hall (and Ritz, Webb, etc.) could have stayed at the top of their game a lot, lot longer if they'd navigated their career with the end in mind from the start
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