can smell a fish when i see on wrote:
How many world class sprinters can run a 26:20 for 10000 meters.
Question: How many people have EVER run 26:20 for 10,000m?
So your example is foolish.
Bekele at least can run 50 seconds for 400. That is very fast. It is not blazing like a Kenyan 800 runner that can sprint a 45, but it is very fast.
And most people cannot run 50. Further, Bekele is easily one of the most explosive distance runners ever.
65 seconds for the last 500 of a 27:05.11 10K. That is FASTER than 1,000m WR pace (2:11.96) for half the distance at the END of a fast race.