Why the heck would Dom Scott, who has run 15:04 for 5000m, let a race against the best 800m runner in the world come down to the final 400m?
race was won in 16:05 (Scott ran 16:13 and led at the bell) which means they were probably running 80 second laps or slower for most of the race. It also means that Semenya put 8 seconds on Scott in the last 400m.
The race was at 5315 feet of altitude.
So according to the NCAA conversion, Semenya's time is equivalent to 15:36.48... So it wasn't exactly slow.
Ah that explains it a little more. But still, you would think Dom would run it out of her well before, unless she expected Caster to be nowhere near with a lap to go.
Is this Caster's first 5k? If I were Scott I probably wouldn't have planned for her to be there the last mile either. But she should have adjusted mid race and pinched from far out. 8 seconds is a whopping.