I haven't seen the race yet since I was working out while it was on live, but I'll see it thanks to DVR in just a bit. If it's true that the pace was so slow, that's really unfortunate. I can remember how frustrating it would be to be in a race expecting a certain pace and having it not happen. I can remember one time when a pacesetter was told to go out in 2:10 and she did 60-70. She couldn't understand why everyone, including the race promoter, was upset with her since she ran 2:10!
I do have to laugh a bit however, in remembering Andy Norman. I know not everyone shares my feelings, but I really liked Andy, including his (sometimes) brutal honesty. Had there been an incident like today, not only would that pacesetter not get paid, but they'd probably never be invited to an Andy Norman-directed race again. In addition, their agent would not have much luck with any borderline athletes for quite some time. My husband told me that on his first trip to Europe, he PR'd in a 3000 and was pleased, but it wasn't Andy-quality. Andy told the person handling Tom's entries to put him on a plane back home and that he wasn't running a f***ing travel agency. Some great memories of good-ol' Andy who always treated me very well, thankfully.
As for the athletes, the reality is that the final in Berlin might go out in 70, so you have to be ready for anything. I've been a big fan of Shannon (and still am), but right now, the edge goes to Willard. How exciting, though to know that we are sending such a solid group of 3 to Berlin!