I am the walrus wrote:
I really don't care about the pacemaker going through in 2:17 at 800m
If anyone in the race had wanted to go out faster there is always the option to just pass the pacemaker and take off. Instead Twell et al. are making excuses and blaming the pacemaker for their slow time. This is not a racing attitude, what do they think good peformance comes from? Piggyback riding to a sub 4 on the pacemakers back?
Gimme a break
I thought a walrus could use more than it's limbic system to think. Not meaning to sound like my mom, but that has got to be the dumbest statement on a middle distance race I have ever heard.
Three and 3/4 a lap doesn't give any of these athletes time to adequately react to a MAJOR change in race plans. Pacers off by a second or two can throw a champion runner off a record pace, so what do you think happens when someone is off by 10 seconds? (I will get the hand puppets out to re-explain if needed). These atheletes go into these races with a reasonable plan on what to do after they hit the 800 at 2:07, no one wants a plan B that would involve them leading out their opponent when there is already a designated rabbit and planned 800m time.
Also, who in the world needs a pacer to hit a 2:17? She obviously failed in her responsibilities, and the pacer has a serious role to play in a major race like this.
This was a disaster, it had to involve a grassy knol (Kennedy conspiratory sub reference to you Brits). Still an exciting race, but I agree, WTF?