Apparently I'm going strongly against the grain here, but slowing down to let someone pass you doesn't seem like a great act to me. You're an elite athlete. You compete all out. That's code: give your best, always. If Eaton had won the 1500 because we was the best at that distance, it's great and makes for an awesome photo of him finishing his record. But if he crosses the line first because the other guy purposely slowed down, it's not exactly a magical moment to me.
Go ahead and shout me down. To be clear, I don't object to the guy slowing to let Eaton past, especially since Beach wasn't in the running for a spot, but I don't view it as a remarkable, praiseworthy gesture, either.
Okay, let's hear it. Bring the hate, intertubes. I can take it.