>Maybe Puica, but without boycott, Kazankina was
Right off the bat, someone will point out that Decker beat Kazankina in 1983.
As I have said on other forums, the Soviets/Eastern Bloc were gearing their distance runners on two-year/four-year cycles...a high point on the first even year and the highest coming on the Olympic year, for reaping greatest system propaganda.
With the World Cup being a competitive let-down, no one wanted to mortgage the socialist-collective farm for the new World Championships.
Decker was better than Kazanzina in 1983...in 1984? Decker-Slaney? Puica? Kazankina? Someone else?
One of those times you wish you could change things...I'd change the boycott before I'd change the mid-race fall.
I guess I'm just a bad American.