Also, men are allowed to qualify via 5000m times, women are not.
I must have missed that. This must be something new this time?
I didn't mean to suggest anything by stating that the women's qualifier was an easier one statistically other than just that. No conspiracy theory or anything behind the statement. It's much more likely, as I mentioned in passing, that they have a desire to keep the field size from growing too large and keep making the women's qualifiers more difficult as the women's field becomes more deep to accomplish that.