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I'm also hesitant to believe that he benefited from pacemakers keeping him in check early on. That tends to not be a problem for the elites, especially ones with as much international experience as him. He's been through this many times before, he knows the adrenaline rush of a major event, he knows how people run in this races, he knows how to keep himself in check. For a guy like him, I've always considered the main benefit of pacers to be pulling you through those mid to late stages of the race, where the running is getting difficult and you can't see the light at the end of the tunnel. Even for the best, it's tough to run through that kind of fatigue when you know you still have 5K or more to go. He didn't have the pacers at that time. He got through that all on his own.
Andrew, great video. I've always liked Tadese for how efficient he looked. Also, interesting link, both for what was said about Tadese and what was said about Geb. It will be interesting to see if Tadese can keep it going for another month. If he can, it could be a clash of titans in London. As for Geb, I've noticed a lot of what the author was talking about. I have the utmost respect for Geb after all he accomplished both in head to head competition and in time trial type efforts in the 90s and early 2000s. However, in recent years, is there any way to deny that he has seemed to be focusing on time trial efforts to the exclusion of races? Also, as the authors mentioned, how about just saying he had a bad day? I've always felt that it's important to analyze your bad days and figure out why they happened so you can avoid them in the future. However, over the years, I've learned that it's best to at least sometimes keep that analysis to yourself and just publicly say “it wasn't my day” or “I made some mistakes along the way”. Always doing that analysis in public can look like searching for excuses and even not being willing to accept responsibility for not being at your best.