catson52 wrote:El G's 1500m, 1 mile, and 2000m WRs, all look unapproachable for the current crop of runners. Given that he was also a very good 5K runner, makes Komen's 3K WR look stupendous - El G was 4-5 seconds slower at his best. A number of posters on other threads have questioned the "legality" of marks at Rieti, without stating what may be the nature of the problem.
^Definitely agree w this description of Komen's 3k WR.
As for the comparisons of El G & Komen, they continue to be interesting (to me, at least). Each athlete gets one chance at his own career, so it's probably the case that each of these immensely talented guys, had their careers emphasized the other end of the 1500-5k spectrum, probably would have been somewhat faster at the other end of that spectrum. However, what we have is what they did in competition: El G faster at 1500 & 2k; Komen faster at 3k & 5k. As it turns out, 3k is the distance at which they are closest.
As for Rieti, I have been at times amused and at times annoyed at skepticism expressed about marks achieved there, but I have never been persuaded by such skepticism. There are a few places where many of the world's best marks have been run; Rieti is among those places.