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Simeon Kigen was the best road racer in the world in 1985 with awesome talent who trained, relatively, very little. However, sadly he went back to Kenya for a visit later that year and wasn't allowed back in the US.
Conor Dary brought up Simeon Kigen, mentioning his great road-running career in '85. I don't remember the details of '85, but in '84 he was running great. Kigen was named to the Kenyan Olympic team in the marathon and was at the Kenyan high altitude camp. The Minister for Culture and Social Services made a big deal that year about athletes staying at the camp - and had threatened anyone with expulsion from the team if they left. He made a surprise visit to the camp, Kigen had left, so no Kigen at the OG. Kigen, incensed, ran the tough San Francisco marathon course one week after the OG - with no pacemakers - and ran 2:10:17, winning by a large margin.
Why wasn't he at the camp? A coach who was there told me this unverified story: Kigen had received $10,000 as an under-the-table payment for a road race he had won in the US right before he flew home. He put the cash in his suitcase(!) - and guess what was missing when he arrived in Nairobi? He left the camp to try to find his $10,000 - and subsequently lost much more.
I never heard of the guy - but on this basis, was he a threat to Lopes ?