400m 62 Rotich, Andrew (KEN) 54.56
800m 61 Kiprop, Asbel (KEN) 1:49.91
1200m 61 Kiprop, Asbel (KEN) 2:46.61
No it's not. If his goal is to someday break the WR, then yes, at some point you have to put yourself in that position.
This is how you get faster. You get out of your comfort zone now and then and learn what your body is capable of.
I'd question his 400m split there!
hicham's "official" splits from iaaf in wr :
I heard "just under" 54 seconds, which would be consistent with a 54 mid for El G.
The commentator says they went through the first 400m in "just over 54 seconds", but that would be for the pace maker.