Posting just to get someone off my back and correct my "improper paraphrasing". My bad
These are the quotes I appear to have made up:
"Lets have a debate without "you need to have experienced this", "you lack the expertise" or "you were only right for the wrong reason" etc"
.... And this is what was actually said (amongst others):
"...but the comments of yourself and the detractors demonstrate a lack of insight into that level of running."
"...I do know a bit about 5k running. I ask about the 5k credentials of the critics ..."
"Have any of you ever run heats of a 5k? What about a fast enough 5k to be on the same lap as Mottram (even last night)?"
"I'm not trying to denigrate you by bringing up 5k experience, merely that it could be some of the reason for your negative assessment ...."
"..I think Colin's pre-race assessment was based on his (misguided) assumption that his poor race in Osaka was due to poor tactics..."
Hope that satisfies you.
The bottom line is that I made a speculation of what tactics may be employed by Bekele et al, and that anyone who wanted to be in final had to adapt to or change the race. The tactics eventuated and those that did not adapt to it or change the tactics missed out.
The latter is just an assessment and not a criticism.
What is a criticism (whether people like it or not) is that Mottram was ignorant of the non-auto time and he was dismissive of the quality of the others in race (thought he would beat them anyway...didn't know at least one runner in better shape than him)...now call that arrogant and ignorant or anything else...he didn't make the final.
However, what clearly eventuated, and we can have a look at the race video a thousand times- it did- (and his coach agrees as quoted in Friday's SMH)- is being lost in arguments about grammar, whether beating '2 other' runners (than Lagat and Bekele) is the same as being in top 4 , whether you have the same experience to offer an assesment or whether you were right for wrong reasons (i.e. guesswork).
Notwithstanding all that, if you look the papers, the race video etc those that weren't good enough or didn't adapt or change the tactics employed by others were not in the final.
Its one thing differring on something, but lets stick to the original disagreement without blurring the edges...and... lets say the same here as what we do 'offline' , rather than have a disagreement just because its great fun .....no, I won't paraphrase this time, but happy to quote