Enlighten Me, Please wrote:
Does anyone know if Houlihan closed on the top four at the end of the race?
It's hard to see how this bodes well for Houlihan in the 1500.
She lost a lot of distance from 2000-2600 and then had an excellent last couple of laps, making up 20m odd to pass Klosterhalfen and Worku (in the final strides and close up on Obiri. Probably ran a similar last 400m to the leading three, but not closing on them.
It bodes well for her in that she should have gained confidence from her best performance on the world stage. Finishing within a second of Hellen Obiri is a terrific effort. Means she may be more psychologically equipped to go with the leaders in the 1500m.
While she is still a way behind the best in the world, she's clearly much closer than she was last summer.