I agree. It's interesting that Bekele's Ethiopian teammate apparently gave him no real assistance. Is Geb the only one with Ethiopian team/nationalistic spirit? If Bekele had not felt it necessary to push the pace for the first half, it certainly seems he would have had more left at the end. By rights, of course, Bekele's 1:53.3 last 800 should have buried any field--just like Geb's 12:58 last half "should" have won the 10,000.
This was the 49th sub-13 minute 5000 in history. Only a handful have had more guys under that barrier: Oslo 2000 (8) and Rome '99 (7). Tied at 6 under are Zurich '96, Zurich '97, and Oslo '03.
I simply wish US television had showed more than the first and last 2 laps of this barnburner. I had no sense at all of the "narrative" of the race. What a shame.