One of the greatest downfalls of American distance running has been the lack of speed. When our runners reach a global stage, they are lured into slower-paced races which favor runners with the biggest kicks.
And they never have good enough kicks.
If you haven't seen it already (or even if you have), watch Rupp's final lap in the 5000 meters in Eugene.
His split? Fifty-two seconds.
Not only that, but to beat Lagat down the stretch—after being passed once already—is one of the toughest feats for a distance runner to accomplish.
Ladies and gentlemen, say hello to an American distance runner with a kick strong enough to knock out the world's best.
It's what we've all been waiting for.