He was totally cooked when he dropped out. When you're pushing really hard to hold a pace that's too fast, the collapse tends to hit you all at once. If he'd been willing to let the leaders go, he probably would have finished with an acceptable time. My concern isn't that he dropped out, it's that he might actually read any of the inane shit that's being posted here about him.
I'm also sick and tired of hearing about how Webb "can't run tactical races" and how he "always blows up." This narrative has little to do with his actual record. He ran 6 flawless mile races last year (Drake, Reebok, USATF, Paris, American Record, and Osaka). If you think he sucks so much, why don't you ask El G about how easy it is to win a championship 1500, even when you're the best in the world. The only reason you believe this fantasy narrative is because Webb is the only guy whose every race is scrutinized like this. When lesser runners crash or make a poor tactical decision, you hardly bat an eye. Geb, Bekele, El G--they all have bad races. All of them.