I'm assuming these are 'A' standards? Are they doing 'B's for Rio?
The 10000m stands out the most to me.
Going into the 2012 trials, there were 8 individuals with the standard and 15 who were 28:20 or better, with the trials being their only real shot at hitting the mark. That 27:45-28:20 group (which included Ritz), basically turned the race into "Who can get top-3 in a sub 27:45 race?"
If the that games had had the same standard as Rio, and we went in with the same field, it would have been a much more tactical race. Would Ritz have started his push later, knowing the standard was safe? Would that have opened the door for Derrick to sneak in? Those 15 seconds mean a lot in a field that tight.
The softer standards in the 5000m and 10000m means we may have 10-20 individuals sitting at home watching the Olympics that August who have run under the qualifying standard, probably more than in any previous Games.
Makes for more drama next season for sure.