Of course, he was fantastic in his prime. It's "funny," for lack of a better word, what short memories most fans have. Wilson Kipketer? Who's that?
With slightly more luck, Morceli might well have held the WRs from 1500 to 5000. The Zurich 5000 in 1994 was his big effort at the distance, but it was raining steadily during most of the race and the pace ended up lagging. He blasted a gigantic last 400 to make the rest of the field look like marathoners. I really had no doubt that night that he could easily have beaten the existing mark of 12:56 given anything approaching "perfect" conditions.