In how many ways can 8 athletes finish a race if three of the athletes are neck and neck at the finish line?

The answer is supposedly 3!x5! = 720, but I don't see how this can be correct.

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- January 29th 2009, 10:01 AMb55vpermutation of 8-man race
In how many ways can 8 athletes finish a race if three of the athletes are neck and neck at the finish line?

The answer is supposedly 3!x5! = 720, but I don't see how this can be correct. - January 29th 2009, 10:12 AMPlato