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Reminder: This sport is entertainment. Just like football or baseball.
So, yes, I would prefer to see 1 of the USA's top 2 runners not get blown out. Why fly to Madrid for a tempo? Seems silly. Pointless. Waste of time.
I totally agree with you about the entertainment side of it but when it comes to the athlete...
He went to Madrid to try and win the race. He saw he couldn't do it, he did the second best thing - finish 2nd.