Incorrect. Jos and Gebrselassie confirmed it was a fuel problem.
Sir Lance-alot wrote:
Do you think the fact that Geb strained his calf/achilles right at that point, after running over cobblestones had anything to do with his slow last mile?? Or the fact that he completely lost contact with Tergat/KK at that point (due to calf cramp AND probably hitting the wall a bit) and was only running for 3rd and no longer for 1st/2nd ?
You can't say that is was just simply that he ran out of fuel. That could have been a factor, but he hurt his calf too, and also no longer was running for victory, so of course he slowed up.
Personally, I think a few carbs would be helpful, but I have no idea if it would have helped Geb avoid his calf/achilles issues at that point or not.
The calf did not act up until June 1, 2002 at Hengelo where he attempted the hour world record on the track, dropping out after 38 minutes because of soleus pain.
He had been doing special calf exercises for years during his track days and stopped them during marathon training. Of course, this was a mistake, because the strength he had developed and maintained to allow him to propel the strength into forward motion on the track eventually will disappear if it is not put into at least some sort of "maintanence" mode where the muscles retain the strength development. He dropped them completely and lost the strength gains while still trying to run at the same level. The muscles lost their ability to keep up with his cardiovascular system, and his Achilles went POP soon after.