Sunday, July 29, 2007

All Africa Games- Wrap Up

Aug. 5th: Had to be out for a while due to family medical emergency but had this already prepared to post, so for the sake of closure here it is.
Quick wrap-up on All Africa Games that concluded last weekend:

On Saturday July 21st, Ethiopia got another gold medal from Mestawot Tufa who won the 10000M in 31:26.05. Mestawot has been the best 10000M runner in the world in 2007 and it will be an interesting match up against Tirunesh Dibaba at the World Championships in August.

On Sunday July 22nd, the last day of competition, Gelete Burka brought another gold for Ethiopia winning the 1500M in 4:06.89 leading from gun to tape. Like Mestawot, Gelete has shown an excellent form running the 1500M and will be a medal contender in the Osaka if she competes in the event. Gelete is considering doing a double in 1500M/5000M.

In the men's 5000M, Tariku Bekele once again came short in the final meters of the race as he was overtaken by Ugandan Moses Kipsiro and Kenyan Menjo Kiprono with 30M to go. I like Tariku's guts in taking the race by the horn and running hard all the way but this is the third time in the last couple of months (Pre-Classic and Golden Spike Ostrava) where this strategy deprived him of a win in the final stages of the race. Tariku had the lead with 30M to go but was overtaken by Ugandan Moses Kipsiro and Kenyan Kiprono Menjo who took gold and silver. Tariku finished third to take the bronze in 13:13.43. Ethiopians Abraham Cherkose and Ali Abdosh took fourth and fifth place.

As the games conclude, Ethiopia's medal count in track and field stand at four gold, four silver, and five bronze medals for a total of thirteen medals.

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