Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Osaka: Day Four - Kenya Celebrates

Kenya had a great day, sweeping the Men's 3000 Meters Steeplechase and grabbing gold in the women's 800 meter final. The only event in which Ethiopia participated was the Men's 3000 Meters Steeplechase.

3000 Meters Steeplechase (Men): Kenyan Domination
With tonight's performance, Kenya sent a strong message - the steeplechase is still a Kenyan event. 22-year old Brimin Kiprop Kipruto led the sweep. Our own Roba Gari finished 10th while Nahom Mesfin finished 12th. In two years Ethiopia has gone from having one first round 8th place finisher who did not make it to the final, to two runners in the final. This is a big step forward. Roba and Nahom have set a solid foundation towards Ethiopia being competitive in this event. The reality however is that it could be a long time before an Ethiopian medals in this event. This event has been neglected since the days of Eshetu Tura, and the price of rebuilding is expensive. This is why continuity and consistency are important.

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