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RE: Allright Letsrun - Who wins, Ryan Hall 2007 or Galen Rupp in 2017
Nice thoughts. Not new here, nor to running, since I ran my first road race in 1976.
And I've never personally viewed any time as "worth" anything. The progression of fast times has been fascinating to watch these past 40 years, even if I was under the impression that the 70s was a drought of marathon records (until Salazar in 1981, making a nice segue here).
Because the thing about Rupp that is plain as day to me is, his track PRs are from many years ago, and his fast half marathon is a from long ago. His marathon times are coming down at a glacial speed, and his PR basically is glacial, considering the world record. I understand running for championship wins, and can point at Lasse Viren, who withstood WR-like paces to win Olympic medals. I can point at Carlos Lopes, who had a singular focus to win the 84 Olympic Marathon then set a world record at Rotterdam. I can point at Geoffrey Mutai's 2:05 at NYC and call it the most amazing marathon ever run, yet not a record, and can realize that Kipchoge's near 2 flat will be quaint in a few years when someone runs that for real. (At Berlin likely, since that's a legit race run much like Monza anyway.)
I don't 'hate' Rupp, I've called him a baller before, and thought his Olympic bronze run was awesome. But I've also thought that he came into this marathon field a few years too late. I guess we'll all see about that one.
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