No it wasn't. His last 300 today was faster than he ran at Nationals.
Webb has been able to outkick ANYONE all year. Today's last 100 was slow by Webb standards.
Me, too. I thought the same thing when I saw Lagat: this guy's gonna win. He was smiling at the finish!
[ Pan over to Lagat who looked confident and focused. I had a feeling Lagat might win at that moment. Then during the race, Alan took a risk with leading most of the way, knowing he did not want to be in the back like in the semis, but in the end could not hold on. Lagat ran a smart and relaxed race, sitting around 4th position and kicking at just the right moment. Now I see why everyone says Webb needs to work on his race tactics. I don't think he "choked" or anything, he just needs to work on his confidence and race strategy. Physically, he should be the fastest, but mentally he was not strong enough. In the words of the430miler, "mentallity > physicallity."
Sperminator 2: Judgement Spray wrote:
Webb should just take these Champ races out fast from now on. He could probably run 3:32 solo. Sit the first 200, then go. Someone comes up on him with 300-100 to go, he can respond once, and that is usually enough.
He would have gotten a medal at least.
Should have gone 58-58-57 He still could have run a closing 300 in 40high off of that, but how many others could? Ramzi looked worse as well, Asbel fooled it up, And Mansoor was absent. Webb also got lucky as both Baala and Komen were not in the final, and Kaouch tested positive.
Experience will always trump talent. Desire will trump even that. Webb had niether today sufficient to win.
Boy Wonder wrote:
This was Webbs first big international championship.