From Monti's account:
Smith had pacemaking assistance by the New York Athletic Clubs's Lesley Higgins for the early stages of the race. Higgins took her through the first 1000m in 2:57.3, keeping her from going out too quickly.
"Definitely," said Smith when asked if Higgins's pacing helped her stay within herself. "Mostly to get the pace right."
Milly bills wrote:
So your telling me that the NCAA runner up in the mile could only hang with smith for 1200 meters of a 5k? She was only running about 70's... That's a whack NCAA runner up, next time kim should get somebody who is a runner to rabbit her, she could run 1430!!! Seriously, a rabbit through 1200 meters in a 5k is like someone dragging you through 145 meters of a 800. I really hope that clown doesn't think she helped in any way whatsoever. Maybe kim smith was so confused at the lame attempt to rabbit her race that it took her mind off the pain for a bit...