El Stupio wrote:
That's so not true. If you look at equal effort races, you'll see faster closing laps the shorter the race, up until the 1500. The 800 is where that stops happening. But if you look at some of the videos already discussed, the fastest last lap comes from a 1500 where the winner closed under 50.
Just how the hell do you judge "equal effort?" At what point before the bell during a 10,000 are you making as much effort as in a 1500?
OK, I suppose that in 2013, 13:27 was about as tough an effort for Gebrhiwet as 3:36 was for Kiprop. From the official Moscow splits, their last 400's were
1500: Kiprop 53.22
5000: Gebrhiwet 53.38
Considering that Kiprop is MUCH faster than HG in an open 400, I'd say HG had much more left. Especially since he burned the backstretch in sub-13, slowed to 14 on the final turn when Lagat stepped in front of him, and then accelerated to 13 low again.
The important thing is which energy systems are involved. Kiprop's WC 1500 was languid through the bell, then picked up gradually until a final 100 in 12.52. That's slower than Cheserek's final 200, even though the race was a crawl by Kiprop's standards. Why couldn't anyone pass him? Because even that slow 1500 pace had fatigued their type 2 muscles. A slow 10,000 pace, on the other hand, can allow a runner who far outclasses the field to save it all, especially if they don't go until 300m out.