-Championship races are centralized races to determine the best runner in the world that year, not to run a PB. If you think that Championship races provide ideal conditions for PB's you're living in an alternate reality or don't understand how distance track works.
-Mid Distance track is very strategic. You have to accept that a runner's skill level is determined by 1) their physical attributes (measured by their PB) and their 2) strategic expertise , which is usually revealed in a championship race.
-It is true that a gutsy, frontrunning performance like Cheuriyot's last weekend is more entertaining that a sit n kick, but it is not true that slower races are pointless. Centro was the best runner over the whole 1500m in Rio. He controlled the race strategically and proved superior fitness in the later stages of the race.
- To refute your point about this turning a 1500m into a 400m race, Centrowitz (1:44,6) beat Makhloufi (1:42,61), Soulieman, (1:42,97) Kiprop (1:43,15), who should have by your logic beaten Centro easily in a 400m. Centro was better over the whole 1500m race, in terms of position, pacing and final sprint.
-Your point about time limits is simply idiotic. The beauty of distance running is in its simplicity, and implementing a restriction just to satisfy some arbitrary time that is "required for a champion" is backwards.
- It is stupid to think one race determines the best runner that year. The best runner that year may not even be able to make it to that one race.
- nothing to say about my second point?
- Centro was the best runner over a 400m following a joke 1100m.
- This is no refutation. A 1:44 guy can sometimes beat a 1:42 guy in a 400m and even in an 800m.
- Running a 1500m that slow is idiotic.
-That's how Championships work. All of the best runners in the world (staying healthy is a factor) competing in a race (3 races actually as there are prelims and qualifications)
-Centro won because he controlled the race from the gun. As others have said, the "sit" portion of a sit n kick is just as important as the kick itself. He didn't allow himself to be boxed or allow the faster athletes to take off and TT the race. The first 1100m is a large reason why he won, not just because he was simply a faster finisher than other races.
-Usually a faster 800m PB means a faster leg speed, especially if you look at 1500m guys, and you're insinuating that the Rio 1500 was basically a 400m sprint when in fact it was definitely not. These guys had better leg speed than centro (stronger 800m PBs, evidence from other races), but centro still beat them because he ran the major portion of the race more efficiently than them. He had more energy than anyone else with 400 to go, and that's why he won.
-Winning Gold and subjecting the Olympic and World Champ to your race strategy must be idiotic too.