She looked pretty easy to me too, but then, she looked the same running 1:55.4 last year in Berlin. She may just be that kind of runner - Komen looked comfortable in the 7:20, there wasn't much room to improve there. She didn't run negative splits today either - I got her first lap at 58 seconds, then a 30 second 200m and 31s, so that's not someone who is holding back for the last 150m.
I think one must be careful to say that she is deliberately tanking. Of course, this is possible, and given what I've seen in SA of how she's now being managed, it would not surprise me, because a host of PR guys and clever managers have jumped all over this "goldmine".
But, I have to also believe that having sat out for so long, and missed earning potential, she's out there to make money - this may sound crass, but given her background, the financial benefits of doing well (and the penalties of throwing it) are pretty substantial (The money has come up a lot in interviews with her in SA).
I'm still not convinced that some medical treatment has not gone on and that she'll get one second slower per year from now on. Remember, you can have sex-reassignment surgery (male to female) and compete, but only TWO years later with hormone treatment. So let's say they "rushed" this through, and allowed her to compete 6 months in - it's too early to know.
Just to add, here in the media, until about June, her coach was in all the papers saying how well she was training, that she was "ready" for Europe. Then it was only in June that the tune changed. So this idea that she's completely untrained - don't buy it.
So wait and see, and by WC 2011 there'll be a better idea.