men's 1500m WR -- happy birthday!


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men's 1500m WR -- happy birthday!

Postby Master Po » Sun Jul 14, 2013 6:30 pm

Today, 14 July, El G's 1500m WR of 3:26.00 turns 15, having been birthed on this day in 1998 in Rome. Laban Rotich was the closest witness on the track that evening to this historic birth, being about 5 seconds away, in 3:30.94.

El G's 1500m record is evidently well-loved among the men's WRs in this event, having endured more than twice as long as any other. The closest is Aouita's 3:29.46, established 23 August 1985, which stood for 7 years 14 days, until being transferred to Morceli, with his 3:28.86 on 6 September 1992.

I don't see anyone approaching El G's record any time soon. In this the 9th season of the "post-El G" era, only 7 athletes have been sub-3:30, and only one (Asbel Kiprop) has been under 3:29 (3:28.28, Monaco 2012). I think this one is going to stand for a while.

(ps. Belated happy 14th birthday, 7 July, to El G's mile WR! Same prognosis for its longevity.)
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Re: men's 1500m WR -- happy birthday!

Postby lovetorun » Thu Jul 18, 2013 5:55 pm

Nice post, MasterPo...good points all...his mile WR may last even longer.
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Re: men's 1500m WR -- happy birthday!

Postby catson52 » Fri Jul 19, 2013 8:13 am

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.
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Re: men's 1500m WR -- happy birthday!

Postby Master Po » Fri Jul 19, 2013 11:44 am

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.
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