So Sharpe’s 6th place in Rio would have automatically transposed into 3rd place, had the first 3 finishers not been in that final. In other words, replace those 3 with 3 different athletes, and those 3 athletes all finish behind Sharp. That’s like saying that Rupp would have won if Farah wasn’t racing.
As for Sharp’s PB, that is due to the same 3 athletes dragging everyone, not just Sharp, to quick times. How many PBs and NRs have been set in races with those athletes ? People are happy to take the times achieved only with the help of the very people they don’t want to race against. If you want to call the results unfair then you have to throw out the times with them. Can’t have it both ways.