>I suggest our 10,000 meters guys stay right where there are. They have a better chance of getting a medal in the 10k.
I agree. There's always a lot of knee-jerk reaction that an athlete 'moving up' can always do better by doing so.
While it's probably true that Culpepper, Meb and Abdi could "whop" most of the current U.S. "elite" marathoner corps, there's no evidence at all that they could compete more successfully against international competitors than they can do currently in the 10K.
In fact the opposite may be true. This wasn't Meb's best year, but last year he was definitely "up there near the top" of the world's best.
Most elite-level nations would envy the U.S.'s 10K corps- why break it up?
There is also often something of a philosphy that 'moving up' subjects an athlete to a greater test of some kind- to 'prove he's a REAL man'.
Well we all know that the 800 is the toughest of all running events, so that theory is in the toilet from the beginning! Maybe athletes should be 'moving DOWN' as they mature!!!