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RE: Allright Letsrun - Who wins, Ryan Hall 2007 or Galen Rupp in 2017

rsa wrote:

I would love to see that race.
I think the way Hall would win is if he was at his peak or near it and dropped Rupp in the last miles. I don't know that a "peak Hall" would be capable of that because I don't think we have seen Rupp's best time yet. But I agree with those who think that if they were to hang together Rupp would likely win. And we are talking about Hall on a very good to great day. I think Rupp is more consistent and that says something.
I am a Hall fan - it was so exciting to see those times he ran back in 2007. And his passion for the sport and the distance was inspiring. I like seeing Rupp doing well and everything but when he talks about the training for the marathon being boring it just doesn't make me like him more. I'm a sucker, I want to see the guy who loves it win.

I agree with all this, but if Rupp was more consistent than Hall, it's not by much. At the end, Hall was a broken down used car, but he was remarkably consistent for a marathoner -- he had a much longer career than all but a handful of the top Africans:

Spring 2007: 2:08:24
Fall 2007: 2:09:02
Spring 2008: 2:06:17
Fall 2008: 2:12:33
Spring 2009: 2:09:40
Fall 2009: 2:10:36
Spring 2010: 2:08:40
Fall 2010: DNS
Spring 2011: 2:04:58
Fall 2011: 2:08:04
Spring 2012: 2:09:30

Just look at that list. If a non-Rupp American ran a 2:10:36 this year, we'd be really excited -- and that was Hall's 9th best marathon...

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