Ryan Hall is tenth.
The Chicago Tribune’s Phil Hersh has published his own top-10 list of American marathoners. In the #1 spot is two-time Olympic marathon medalist Frank Shorter.
“There is no doubt Frank Shorter is the greatest U.S. men’s marathoner ever,” Hersh writes, although he admits the task of comparing and ranking the runners has been made difficult thanks to the fairly recent East-African dominance of the event on display now that wasn’t prevalent during Shorter’s era. For example, there was only one Kenyan represented at the 1972 Olympics–where Shorter won gold–and he did not even finish the race. At the 1976 Olympics where Shorter won silver, there wasn’t even a Kenyan in the race.
“But that does not prevent me from ranking Shorter as the greatest U.S. marathoner ever, because he beat all comers and because I believe Olympic results generally carry more weight than anything else,” writes Hersh.
A bit of a surprise is the fact that Hersch placed the American half-marathon record holder, Ryan Hall, way down in 10th.
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