In this clip Clayton discusses the difference between competing in the Wanda League and competition at Championships (Speed vs Tactics).
One of the things that totally irked me in the 1980s and 1990s was how many American athletes had absolutely no clue about racing. They would get bumped, and damn, the party was over.
I have had the same feeling when I would watch Diamond League events, which set up distance events to go fast. The same athletes who go fast, in many cases, get totally destroyed by someone who knows how to use tactics and remember the key rule of championship racing: there are only 3 medals and you will fight past the line to hold on to that medal.
We asked Clayton to speak on the challenges in the two types of events, Wanda League versus World Championships and Olympic finals.
Clayton had some telling observations. Murphy understands the challenges of both types of racing. My take? Clayton Murphy is a championship racer. When he is fit, he will once again be dangerous at 800m.
Special thanks to Mike Deering of The Shoe Addicts. The Shoe Addicts managed and produced this series for RunBlogRun.