Conor Dary wrote:Of course the problem is the Half Marathon and the WC became dual meets. Which is of course too bad. The WCCC were the best in their heydays. Just racing without worrying about time.
Maybe they could add a swimming portion. Or they could sell the Nazi house in Monaco and use the proceeds to support these events.
the world xc and half marathon will be at least tri meets soon, with rupp, ritz, solinsky when he gets healthy, if lagat would run xc or a half marathon, up and comers like chris derrick, vets still holding on like teg, and also the talented jager, and more the USA can be a factor.
lagat 7:29 for 3000 and 12:53 for 5000
solinsky 12:55 for 5000 and 26:59 for 10000
ritz 12:56 for 5000 and 60:00 even for the half marathon
teg 12 58 for 5000 and 27:28 for 10000
rupp 12:58 for 5000 and 26:48 for 10000
chris derrick 27:30 for 10000 just finished college.
jager 8:06 for steeple and 7:35 for steeple
USA can definetly be a factor with these and new finds seemingly every year,
also i am thinking maybe uganda can have a good team with the country inspired by winning the olympic marathon and they have had other good runners kipsiro, boniface kirui, kisorio, some good young steeplers.
also tanzania has produced a lot of good distance runners though not lately, not sure why the dropoff but the talent is probably still there just not developed.
one thing i would do for example to keep the world xc going is have it also be other continental championships WITHIN THE WORLD XC, if european countries dont thinink they can compete with the kenyans, americans, ethiopians etc. since the race would also be the european championships the top european team in the race could be 10th overall, but would be the european champs, by doing this the europe teams would come even if being a top 3-5 team is extremely unlikely.