Thursday, September 20, 2007

1992 Clip - Haile Whacked

If you haven't already seen this clip, it is a must see. This has to be one of the strangest finishes.

In 1992, Josephat Machuka gave Haile Gebrselassie a solid whack as Haile pulled ahead of him at the finish of the World Junior Championships 10,000 M race. For a long time I had heard about the hit Haile Gebrselassie took. Now, thanks to YouTube I get to see it.

Haile had been shadowing the Kenyans the whole race without leading. Needless to say the Kenyans thought that was unfair. Machuka lost his cool and was of course disqualified.

As a junior runner, Machuka was an outstanding athlete. He would have placed second in the 1992 World Junior Championships had he kept his fist to himself. He finished third behind Haile in the 1992 World Junior Cross Country Championships. Machuka went on to be a solid runner but never managed to win a big event.

Also impressive was how a young Haile was baffled but calm.

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