I think the hate for Farah stops people from seeing just how good Farah was and I don't believe the times he or his competition has down on paper tells the whole story, not Geb or Bekele level on times but much better than his results suggest. We know the guys racing in 5000 were fast as all you have to do is look at the all-time list but I think the competition and Farah himself are very underrated at the 10k.
This decade has been a different era for the 10k to Bekele's and Geb's as meet directors don't put it on nearly as reguraly as they used to as it takes a long time to run off. There is really only one high level 10k every year now and I think that has a lot to do with the slower times. Everyone quotes Farah's 26:46 but I think there is a better race that shows just how much faster both him and his competition really were. That's the 10,000m in the London World Championships in 2017. I'm not going to go all Ventolin on this but it should tell a good story of performance.
26:49 and Splits were 13:36/13:13 with the last mile of 4:05 and 55 last lap for Farah. 3 seconds slower than his PB.
3 of the top 5 set PB's in this race and everyone who broke 27 was within 5 seconds of theirs despite the big negative split and the race been run like a fartlek for the first 4 miles before they settled into steady 63's for the next 7 laps. Running close to or setting a PB like that is doing it the really hard way.
But that's not the biggest revelation of the splits. Farah ran the last 3k in 7:45(12:54 5000m pace!!!) Yeah, he ran the last 3k at his 5000m PB pace in a near PB 10k race!! Cheptegei and Tanui both ran 7:46.
I know this will bring up inevitible World Championship comparisons to Paris 2003 where Bekele and Geb went sub-13 on the second 5k split. Their splits that day were
Insane! I'm not saying Farah would beat Bekele that day as Kenneisa unleashed a devastating kick that no one in history would have beaten in that race but look at the splits and compare to Farah's 2017. Much slower first half in 2003 by roughly 1.25 seconds per lap. If you gave Farah those 1.25 seconds per lap, does you think he could have extended his 7:45 last 3k at 12:54 5k pace out to a sub 13 5k if placed in that race in 2003? I think he would be close to or even under to be honest.
The long story short of all this is that Geb ran 26:29 in a paced race 2 weeks after that race in 2003. And I believe that the top 3 in London of Farah, Tanui and Cheptegei were all capable of running low to mid 26:30's that day in London.
If nothing else, that race shows just how weak Farah's 10k and 5k PB's are. Running within 3 seconds of your 10k PB in a race where you run the last 3k at 5000m PB pace shows just how weak they were.