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Even though the rabbits were out of it at the 9K point – he still had the benefit of the rabbits during the all important need to controll yourself at the start.
Perhaps, though I do doubt that someone of Tadese's level of accomplishment has that need. Guys like Gebreselassie and Tadese benefit from having rabbits there to keep the pace honest early on, so that the field does not dawdle while they push the pace alone, than to make sure the pace does not get out of control.