Dutra5 wrote:I don't think the switch to 100m from 100yds had the same effect because of the time element. For instance...today...a guy who runs under 10 secs most people know is pretty good. Same with the women and 11 secs.
In the mile...there is the 4 min barrier whether it's relevent to elite status or not. It still is something that matters to a more casual fan.
So do many other "English" barriers.
7 foot HJ
200 foot DT
70 foot SP
27 foot LJ
Not world beaters or records, but still psychological barriers that, once surpassed, gives one a taste of being an elite athlete and an Olympic prospect.
So the sub-4 mile ain't a record breaker, but it does provide the athlete a rung on the ladder where he/she can envision medals and victories.
Let's keep it.
What harm does it do??