I read the article.
Is Linden that delusional to think that the only reason that she does not beat top Africans is that she can't drop a big negative split?
Am I missing something? If you are with the leaders at halfway and they negative split and you don't that's pretty clearly why you lost.
You are missing something. You lost not because you decided not to run a negative split, you lost because you lacked some combination of the ability/conditioning to run a negative split off the particular pace of the race. Not that hard to figure out.
Put another way, Kipchoge can run a 1:01:01 first half and then run faster for the second half. I don't think anyone else currently has the combination of the ability/conditioning to do this.
Linden is not in the same class of Edna Kiplagat, the runner referenced in the article who dropped her in the 2017 Boston marathon with a negative split.