After Galen Rupp's unreal record breaking performances in back-to-back weeks, I started thinking, who has been better than him on the track in our current decade? This led me to wonder who have been the most dominant long-distance runners on the track in their specific decade?

What I did is I came up with three individuals that I believe were the eminent long-distance runners on the track of their decade (that ran their best races during that decade). To start, here's what Rupp has accomplished:

Running Personal Bests Accolades and Titles
800m- 1:49.87
1500m- 3:34.75
1 Mile- 3:50.92 i, 3:52.11
3k- 7:43.24, 7:30.16 i AR
2 Miles- 8:07.41 i AR
5k- 12:58.90, 13:01.26 i AR
10k- 26:48.00 AR
1/2- 60:30
- 10000 m Olympic Silver Medallist 2012
- 10000 m 4th at World Championships 2013
- 3000 m 5th at World Indoor Championships 2010
- 5000 m 7th at Olympic Games 2012
- 10000 m 7th at World Championships 2011
- 5000 m 8th at World Championships 2013
- 6 National Titles

Now look at the difference between Rupp and these stars of yesteryear.


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