Was beatable wrote:
Cheruiyot was not unbeatable.
3:29.46 is not beyond the capabilities of Makhloufi and Jakob I.
In fact, with Cheruiyot and Kwemoi effectively acting as pacers, 3:31 plus for each of those guys is under-achieving.
Jakob I has run 3:30.16 this year and Makloufhi -- who seems to be running at his best -- has a pr in the 3:28.
You are not taking into account the TWO fast races they ran on Thursday and Friday prior. You cannot be expected to run a PR or sub 3:30 after heroic efforts just to make the final. That is unless you are doping like El G, Moricelli, Mak, etc.