I prefer watching guys like McSweyn race rather than Jakob I.
Today's race was much more exciting because of McSweyn.
McSweyn went out with the pacemakers. They had already gapped the field by 600 meters. At 800 meters they were moving away with a 15 meter lead, and this forced Ingebrigtsen to set out on his own to give chase to catch up, and he had to work to make up the gap by 1150 meters
But the rest of the field was left far back. As McSweyn began to slow, there was the suspense of wondering if anyone in the pack could catch back up to the two leaders (Ingebrigtsen just sat behind McSweyn). Only Aregawi was able to bridge the gap and challenge for the win.
If McSweyn had not gone out with the pacers, everyone would have probably just sat back till the last one or two laps, and then pushed for the win.
Even though Mcsweyn finished third, he made the entire race more interesting and exciting. The pacers went out fast, so McSweyn following them kept the potential for a really fast time possible. Winning time might have been 7:40 without McSweyn. At ~1800 meters the chase pack was strung out single file maybe 30-40 meters behind, and there were guys at the end of that long train (Ahmed and Fisher) that already had no chance of finishing near the front. McSweyn challenged Jakob early in the race, and Jakob had to push hard (probably harder than he wanted to) to catch up, maintain contact and sprint at the end for the win. It was exciting to watch Aregawi bridge the gap, take the lead, and almost hold off Ingebrightsen.
Because of McSweyn, in only 7 1/2 laps we had big gaps open and close, chasers fall far back and catch back up. a close sprint finish, a couple PBs, etc.
Its not like McSweyn totally died either as he led till about 250 to go and his last lap was sub 60.