One of TAFs biggest rivalries has been brewing for the past 6 years. It all started in Indianapolis, IN where the 2006 Outdoor National Championships were held. A virtually unknown D3 runner, Nicholas Symmonds was going up against a decent field, but more importantly, the reigning 800m Champ from 2005, Khadevis Robinson. To nobodies surprise, Robinson won by over a second, but everyone was surprised to see the “rookie” “unattached” runner Symmonds grab 2nd place. Who was this kid? The world was about to find out.
In 2007 (the last year KD has beat Symmonds at Outdoors) Robinson kicked Symmonds a$$ again, this time it was still a little closer, Robinson got slower (1:44.37) and Symmonds got faster (1:45.17).
IDK WTF happened, LOL but in 2008, Symmonds and his
butt buddies fellow Oregon runners decided to cut KD completely out of the picture. Symmonds was 1st in 1:44.10, Andrew Wheating was 2nd in 1:45.03, TeenWolf© Christian Smith was 3rd in 1;45.47 and KD came in (*gasps*) 4th in 1:45.53. Sh!t was insane!!!
2009 rolled around and KD kinda got the juice back and got a respectable 2nd at Outdoors (1:45.97). Unfortunately for him, Symmonds won (1:45.86), again. A LEGEND was born.
In 2010, Symmonds continued his winning ways whipping a
terrible watered down field to win his 3rd straight US Title. KD didn’t even show up, he had $$$ on his mind, no Olympics or World Championships to worry about so he rabbited like it was going out of style.
Symmonds started the year off slowly and KD started it off with a bang, defeating a stellar field in Rome to win a Diamond League race, which is a HUGE deal.
Apparently all good things come to an end and all bad things do to because, Symmonds won the US Title for the 4th time in a row (1:44.17), KD came up short and got runner up (1:44.49).
That brings us to 2012. It’s shaping up to be a great Olympic Trials, will KD make another Olympic Team? Will Symmonds win another US Championship? Will either of them make the team? With all these new guys, its hard to say. One thing is forsure, Nick Symmonds is selling his body, and apparently he is very expensive. KD is coaching the UNLV distance teams.
Dare to Compare?:
Nicholas Symmonds | Khadevis Robinson
White | Black
28 | 36
1:43.76 | 1:43.68
4 Outdoor Titles (1 Indoor) | 4 Outdoor Titles (4 Indoor)
When it comes to running styles they both have different approaches; KD likes it from the front and Symmonds likes it from the back. KD used to be coached by Johnny Gray, who was notorious for basically sprinting 700m of an 800m and then muscling through the remaining 100, so his running style was no surprise. It did well for him at earlier in his career, until Symmonds came along. It’s crazy because now we see Symmonds tactic used quite often, Wheating, Robby Andrews and even KD has been using that style of running lately. Both are affective, just depends on who your competition is.
So when it comes down to it, I believe that _____ is better.
Symmonds > KD
KD has the longevity, but Symmonds has the whole age thing on his side. Symmonds is at or around his prime and KD is slowly fading out. I’m sure we will see both in the representing the US in the Olympics, but this may be KDs last good year.. but really, who knows these things?
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