There was clear strategy and coordination between the two Kenyan runners.
It's obvious why Cheriuyot ran as a he did.
Why would he immediately bolt across many lanes to join his country-man and follow him through 400 below World-Record pace, despite a Seasons Best to that point of only 3:33.99?
* 1st and 2nd in Men's 3000 Steeple came down to .01 seconds.
* In 1500 semi, we saw LEMI go down and out, from dirty Ingrebretsen running
* In the 5000 final, we saw Ahmed stumble an almost fall from dirty Ingrebretsen running
The best strategy is what we saw.... Cheriuyot get clear and Kwemoi ride his shoulder to keep him safe as long as he could.
Watch the race wrote:
Kwemoi charged across several lanes and to the front immediately - looked planned.
Yes, he charged to the front - and settled in behind Cheruiyot - immediately. It’s not surprising a 3:28/3:30A man would want a fast pace.
The only way Cheruiyot was going to lose was a mishap, clipped heel or shove. By hanging just off Cheruiyot until he was safely clear, Kwemoi kept that from happening. Swapping leads wouldn’t have endured that.
Tim’s immediate, huge gap is what protected him from getting clipped - not Kwemoi hanging off of him.
When Kwemoi inevitably fell off, he bought another fraction of a second for Cheruiyot forcing the pack around.
That’s a pretty small fraction of a second.
It looks to me Kwemoi “took one for the Team”.
Okay, get your eyes checked.