In the Commonwealth 86 800m, at the mile start line on lap 1, Cram is 0.7 sec behind.
At 2:42 min into video -
When Elliott's torso is in line with the finish line and the clock is showing 51.0, Cram is JUST behind the line representing 5m back. At most he is 20cm behind that line, certainly nowhere near 6m!
He is 5.2m behind - 51.03/400 x 5.2 = 0.66
51.03 + 0.66 = 51.69.
Cram's 400 split was 51.7 not 51.8.
He never ran wide at all on the 2nd bend!
He was directly behind McKean from 210m, running entire bend tight on inside of lane 1. By 300m he had an athlete directly in front and someone to the right in front of him, giving total drafting. He continued to have drafting until about 490m.
That's 280m of drafting.
He ran 2m, possibly 2.25m wide on 3rd bend.
His lap times were 51.7/51.5
He said he ran best off even laps.
He said he was 'all out' last 200m because he thought the roar of the crowd was McKean closing on him.
2m/sec win down home straight would have given the same negligible advantage as the disadvantage he got down back straight. It wasn't a tornado. No time comes off for 2m/sec wind. Same wind and temp as he ran in at Europeans a few weeks later, and there it was wet also.
It was a 1:42.9/1:43.0 performance.
You're just as wrong about the Zurich race.
In fact on P. 9 of AW (31.8.1985), in it's write up about the Zurich meeting it states, "Agberto Guimaries led at 400 in 50.61, followed by Cruz (approx 51.0) and Cram (51.4), ....."
"Cram said he was very pleased with the result, ... He added: "I was sitting on Cruz, hoping to kick past and get a good time in the bargain. I think that time tonight is very close to my limit. I don't think I will ever be capable of running a world record."
It also says here: - http://www.revolvy.com/main/index.php?s=Steve%20Cram
"In the 800 m, not his best event, he beat the reigning 800 m Olympic Champion, Joaquim Cruz, in 1:42.88, the fastest time he was ever to run, off EVEN splits of 51.2 & 51.7."
And here: - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Cram
In that Brussels 800m Borza is 2 sec behind the pacer at the bell.
1:20 sec into race, the pacer is in line with the white line on the LJ runway at 47.0 sec. Fast forward 2 SECS to 1:22 in the race and Borza reaches the same mark at 49.0 (possibly 48.9). That's a 1.9 - 2.0 difference.
If the pacer hits the bell in 49.06, then Borza's time would have been 51.0.
His final time was 1:42.47, so his laps were 51.0/51.4. Only a 0.4 sec difference. That is even pace running.