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RE: That was the worst 5000m final in an Olympics ever
Absolutely fascinating race, as was outlined above. I'm agast at how many people on here have no clue when watching a race. Those surges, combined with a 4:05 minute mile before the last lap, killed everyone off.
The Ethiopian killed himself off with inconsistent paces in the last 2000m, yet still came 2nd. Farah was able to beat him, as he was much smarter - running more even paces in the last 2000m.
He (Farah) also positioned himself at the front, forcing anyone behind him to run low 52s to beat him on the last lap. No one could do that, especially after the 2000m (in about 5:10) before the last 400m (in 52).
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