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RE: Ritz on why Americans aren't going sub 2:10 and on Des Linden's comments about him joining Hansons team
If Des has specific info she should spill it, else shut up. Remember, in America we are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty.
As for why American's aren't going sub 210, I've said it many times before: NCAA system and Olympic focus, which means our top guys wait until the marathon is an afterthought.
Rupp is sort of an oddball here, who did wait a long time but has seriously hit the ball out of the park. In his case however, I think there was always a long term goal of doing the marathon.
Ritz himself and even better example, Ryan Hall, did go to marathon early and coincidentally or not, are one of maybe three "American Born" runners who have broken 210 in the 21st Century (I admit my early 2000s American marathon knowledge is limited).
The issue with NCAA is their focus is still on two dying sports, XC and Track, and if an athlete wants a scholarship (typically we would say our best runners), then that's what they have to go for. And the only thing you can "do with that" after college is try for Olympics.
Japan on the other hand has their eikidens where the college guys are trying to blaze a 20km or 25km segment on the road. That's what their bought in to do. If NCAA had this concept we'd have a bunch of sub 210 guys I think.
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