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Also, at that level pretty much everyone puts in “that much work.” It is part and parcel of that territory.
As well as many who never get to that level. You don't get to that level without putting in that much work, there's just no way. In fact, many don't get to that level while putting in that much work.
A way to visualize what I was talking about. Suppose 10% of runners who work that hard make it big (a completely arbitrary number, chosen out of the air, don't read anything into that number). If you constantly have 50 runners working that hard, you can expect to constantly have about 5 running with the best of the best. Cut that to number to 25 and you'll expect at any time to have about 2-3 capable of running with the best. Bump the number up to 100 and you'll at any time be able to expect about 10 who can run with the best of the best. In the 80s, we had a lot of runners putting in that work. For a period of time, that number dropped. Now, while it's not quite where it was, it's climbing once again.
Of course, that's not to discount also applying the latest knowledge and methodology to training. There are many ways to work very hard, some of them are much more effective than others.