I like watching Symmonds run (but Rudisha more - aesthetically [sp] more appealing). However he's his own worst enemy. He should never never never be in last place - or close to it ... when he does that he seals his fate. He can do that in the USA but these are the big boys - he is NEVER going to run them down. per someone - these are 45 sec 400 guys, gonna outrun him the last 100-150 every time. He frequently gets boxed - he seals his fate.
If he wants to medal he should have at least three race strategies.
One, Don't run last - ever,
Two, don't get boxed (not that hard to prevent),
Three, be 'up there' with 150 to go.
He has proven over the last several years that his current approach is not working. I've thought this way for several yrs now.
and into the mystic it goes