Competition = Together, WE shall see how good we can be!
The record counts whether alone or with others. Its easier with others of course and when conditions are prime. Its about RACING the other best guy. Nice to have a rabbit for a couple laps but its just the warmup to the real race.
Some if you act as if you have THE answer as to how it gets done or not. If some guy is capable or not based on what you think is possible. You werent around for most records and never approached one yourself. Neither was I.
However, I do know that Yared's confidence was raised a lot in the last 200 of that race. Not today, but maybe tomorrow. That hope is what keeps you going. He closed the gap. He just needs to stay closer to have a chance of winning or breaking a record. Thats a decision that gets made earlier in the race. No more than an arms length now. Not 2 strides like before. Maybe his confidence will be high enough to hold a lead of one arms length and then hold his position?
Its about RACING. Together, we shall see how good we can be mentality. Not, I might win or I might lose.
The real question is, HOW GOOD CAN I BE. Maybe good enough for a record with some help. No guarantees. Just put yourself in a position to have a chance. That's all you can do.
He has plenty of reasons to believe in himself now. He can see it and believe it in his own head and stay motivated.
Jakob is one of the greatest. Different personalities for sure but he's been beaten. He wants to make history for sure but now there's another person very capable as well.