Bad Wigins wrote:
There is a reason why American fans are so hung up on "tactical" races where they have a chance to win.
No real fan of 5000+ running gives a flying pigeon's turd who wins a kickers race. Kickers are not distance runners. That's the whole reason natural 1500 guys like Farah can jump in and steal the show.
Not a dig at Farah, he's pretty good. But in 20 years, are they going to compare his medals with 12:37? No. The best he'll get is people arguing about whether he could have ran 12:37. That's proof enough which is more important.
How many threads are there about how many golds Komen would have won? There's no point, as it would take about 20 golds to measure up to 7:20.
That's a little bit of an understatement, no? Of course nobody will compare his medals with 12:37. But guess what, everyone will be comparing how many 5k/10k Olympic sweeps have been accomplished and realize that Farah is exceptional. They tried to burn his wheels off at Worlds in the 10k and it didn't work.
Anyways, the point of a race is to win. If you run fast or snag PR, great, but the point in championship meets is to win/place as high as possible. Nobody is forcing the rest of the field to run slow until the last K. Farah knows how to race, that's why he has 9 World Championship Medals and double Olympic Gold to his name.