Both Uceny and Rowbury showed very cowardly and stupid tactics. A disgrace to the country. Rowbury: No chance whatsoever in a slow opening-fast closing race. No kick. She knows that. So she followed along at 2:24 for 800m like a lamb being led to the slaughter. Uceny was even dumber. Long strides that easily get clipped in a tight pack, leading to falls. She *deserves* having her butt on the track for the 2nd year in a row. Then she showed cowardice for not even getting up and competing.
Both women disgraced themselves and this country.
Same for our 5000m competitors. Went out at snail's pace, both of them knowing full well they had *no chance* in fast finish. So they did the lamb-to-the-slaughter routine and ended up being smeared into the track like inconsequential fleas.
Would it kill any of ém to run at a hard, even pace? Of course not. The argument of breaking the wind for others is a laugher. How many world records have been set by runners out on their own, lap after lap?
Again...the answer is our runners are *cowards.* Training and sacrificing for all those years for THIS? Jog for a few laps, then either get tripped or get your butts handed to you?