Armstronglivs clings to the notion that Barton was just a 4:04 miler back in the day who had maxed out his potential. Without this his entire argument is invalid. He also doesn’t understand the fine line between performance and injury.
Beta Lance questions Barton’s performances but doesn’t understand basic conversions, equivalencies, and race specific training. He discounts the altitude, top 10 US ranking, and his 8:31 steeple. In other threads he wasn’t impressed by Barton’s steeple time. When the world record for steeple was 8:31, the mile record was 3:54! His limited track knowledge can’t compute it. But if you ask any decent college coach or track stat person they would say an 8:31 steeplechaser probably runs in the 3:54 to 3:57 range if they focused on it.
Track people get injured all the time. Barton may be more open and honest about his.