the point is the Olympic 1500 is tactical, the odds of winning by starting fast are lower, because youd rabbit an Olympic field. Centro got lucky there was no challenge from anyone else to push the pace faster that year. Manazos silver the previous Olympics was more of an exciting win for USA. Since it was won in a laborius kick. Suspicions about Maflouki for ducking the 800, whatever I thought it was an exciting race. Manzano was only challenged to perform greater by the showdown at the endof that, no loss for his showing, regardless of the fairness of skipping a race.
I dont just watch every race and every track event, I find select events that have some sort of interestive competitive dynamic to them. Someone like Christian Coleman, best 60 meters ever, top 1-3 in the world in the 100 right now depending on how much good his break did him. This creates drama and excitement, more than if the feild is generic specialists, all running one event with the same tactics, without outliers to the event.