Is there any real inside info at play here or article to reference, or is this just pure speculation (stated as if fact in the thread title) ?
I haven't seen anything anywhere saying the pace is to be set up for 12:48 or anything in that range, and to me it seems pretty unlikely.
Not to mention, even if such a pace is requested (my the meet promoters or any athletes themselves) who knows if the rabbits can deliver it, or if the field would go with it. I seem to remember at least one DL 5K this year where the pace was set to be 7:45 at 3K, then only 7:55 or so was hit (with the rabbit looking like was struggling to even manage that).
Last week in Lausanne, the rabbits were supposedly set for 2:43 at 1K and 4:05 at 1500 for the women's 5K and what were the actual splits? 2:55 and 4:25 ... Men's 800 in Paris; 49.5 and 1:15.00 requested, 50.1 and 1:16.4 actual.
If Kejelcha wins he gets 20 points; he is currently 8 behind Edris. Given $40,000 at stake and the stacked field, it seems more likely to be pretty much a (disappointing) sit and kick style race; winning time just sub-13 or low-13s.
Having said all that, I'd love to see a very fast race and be proven wrong. There hasn't been a truly fast 5K this year and we usually get 12:50-54 as a world lead in most recent years.
According to IAAF scoring tables Kejelcha's 7:28.19 should be worth a 12:48-high (1251 points is 7:28.21 and 12:48.93).
As to the guy above suggesting Kevin Young's 400h WR may be under threat ... what are you smoking? haha
The only WR I see under threat in Zurich is the women's 800 ... it's Semenya's for the taking, if she really wants it.