Assuming it can, how the hell could you run that fast while trying to pass thousand of people in a 5K.
Everything points at cheating in almost every race review in detail. But, it is possible to start way back in a small marathon and pass everyone. I don't buy in in a race that lasts only 5K with this many finishers.
Race detective wrote:
Here are some more back-of-the-pack starts with decent placements:
2) Detroit Free Press 5K (10/29/06)
2:18 start delay. 19:15. 6th of 10726 finishers. Masters winner. Start delay is more consistent with those finishing at 28 minutes and slower, not someone trying to win the masters division.