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Rono v Keino

Postby no one » Sat Sep 28, 2013 5:05 pm

If you were to vote for the superior runner - what would your vote be/who would it be for? Discuss
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Re: Rono v Keino

Postby lovetorun » Sat Sep 28, 2013 6:32 pm

This is a tough one since both were amazing runners. I think Henry Rono had greater talent, but Kip Keino was more successful in the big meets. Rono had better times in everything except the 1500m but he also cut his career short with his alcoholism...which he later overcame.
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Re: Rono v Keino

Postby jhc68 » Sat Sep 28, 2013 8:13 pm

Keino was a great talent and a great competitor.
Rono was Superman, but never appeared to feel at ease in the role.
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Re: Rono v Keino

Postby JumboElliott » Sun Sep 29, 2013 12:05 am

I think Rono v Komen is a better comparison.
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Re: Rono v Keino

Postby kuha » Sun Sep 29, 2013 1:12 pm

JumboElliott wrote:I think Rono v Komen is a better comparison.


Very good observation.

Keino had a vastly different career than Rono; there just aren't many meaningful points of comparison there.
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Re: Rono v Keino

Postby DrJay » Tue Oct 01, 2013 7:46 am

Head-to-head in their prime over 3K would have been a treat to see.
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Re: Rono v Keino

Postby norunner » Sun Oct 06, 2013 10:36 am

In 1981 Rono did something which i think is unparalleled.
On September 9th he was third in Rieti over 5000m with 13:12.47 (the WR then was 13:08.4). Two days later he won the 5000m in London with 13:12.34, another two days later he improved his 5000m WR to 13:06.20 in Knarvik. That's three 5000m races in four days, two within 4 seconds of the WR and one actually breaking it. Can you imagine anyone running 12:41 twice within a couple of days and then adding a 12:35 ?
Talentwise Rono was one of the greatest ever and with better management and consistent training he could have ran a LOT faster.
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Re: Rono v Keino

Postby no one » Sun Oct 06, 2013 11:18 am

"management" I'm guessing you include his well documented drinking proclivity. To think what he 'could' have done with a more structured life sans alcohol. and a more disciplined approach to training and competing. He's not the lone ranger in that regard, but very few with his talent. And to think I wasn't following track very much during those years. I will go to the corner.
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Re: Rono v Keino

Postby no one » Tue Oct 08, 2013 5:42 pm

thought this would get more 'air-time' - oh well. The intended stroy line was - Rono = a great one who fell short of his vast potential (and comparable times to Keino) albiet well shy of Keino's 'awards' v Keino who was the early prototype of Kenyan superstars, and versatility nonparallel. If a 3k or 5k came down to the last lap ... mmmm. I admired both of them/still do and am unsure who I would choose if forced to.
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Re: Rono v Keino

Postby rsb2 » Tue Oct 08, 2013 10:11 pm

At his absolute peak (e.g. 1978), Rono, at any distance from 3K to 10K.
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Re: Rono v Keino

Postby DrJay » Wed Oct 09, 2013 3:45 am

rsb2 wrote:At his absolute peak (e.g. 1978), Rono, at any distance from 3K to 10K.


Can you imagine if he had had competition that year? He ran his steeple record in a blustery dual meet and his 5K record running surges, hard on the straights, easing some on the curves.
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