Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Osaka Recap: What We did Right

The Great Ones Came Through
Ethiopia had three great Athletes that were overwhelming favorites. Tirunesh, Meseret and Kenenisa. All there delivered. Sileshi also belongs in that category. I actually think Sileshi was the best runner in the men's 10000M race. He just did not run the best race. All Ethiopian medals were won on account of superior talent. There were no upsets.

Men's 10,000M Good Team Work
Not the best team work but good team work. Tadesse Tola unselfishly tried to slow down the pace. Later Gebre-egziaber also did his part to tire out Zarsenay Tadese. Mostly these two made sure that a gap did not open up. The work done by these two fellows set Sileshi and Kenenisa for the finish. When Mathathi made a move and Kenenisa was struggling, he signaled Sileshi to responded. Sileshi took off with Mathathi and Kenenisa caught up. They ran as teammates till it was just the two of them. This is nice to see.

3000 Steeplechase Mens
Decent performance reaching the finals. Roba Gari finished 10th while Nahom Mesfin finished 12th in the finals. Good showing for two young fellows.


I can't think of much else. Anything you want to add?

4 comments:

Haddis said...

Mekonnen Gebremedhin also deserves a mention. He fought hard in the semi final and based on looking at the tape. He was impeeded by Medhi Bala who got disqualified. Gebre ran into a spanish guy who was instated ... but he didn't get instated into the final. Maybe Dube Jillo was asleep at the wheel to protest.

At any rate, i think this young kid has shown some promise (4th at world junior champs).

It will be interesting to see if he can get to 3:33 this year or next year.

Haddis said...

Mekonnen Gebremedhin also deserves a mention. He fought hard in the semi final and based on looking at the tape. He was impeeded by Medhi Bala who got disqualified. Gebre ran into a spanish guy who was instated ... but he didn't get instated into the final. Maybe Dube Jillo was asleep at the wheel to protest.

At any rate, i think this young kid has shown some promise (4th at world junior champs).

It will be interesting to see if he can get to 3:33 this year or next year.

yekolotemari said...

I agree with Haddis. Mekonnen was the only revelation. I am certain he will make an impact.

Gelete Burika seems to be one athletes who will never be able to capitalize on her obvious talent.
I think with the right type of coaching, she could be a star. Tariku is good but he is no the next Kenenisa (I would say Assefa Mezgebu's level). I do not think A. Cherkose will be huge either. I see some similarities with Mulugeta Wondimu. The 3k SC runners are ok. Still have a few years to catch up. Kenyans are well ahead of us when it comes to 3kSC.

welemta said...

Agreed, Mekonnen Gebremedhin ran a strong semi. He was green and did not know how to handle the pushing at the end. It was a shame he was not in the finals. One thing I liked about him was that we was not afraid to lead. Hope to see him develop.

I was hoping Tarkiu or Abraham would breakthrough to the next level this WC. Tariku to me is an enigma. At times he shows signs of being outstanding but he is not consistent.

yekolotemari you are so right about Gelete Burika who is loaded with talent. That woman can move. You would think that a slow 5000M would have helped her, it seems like it had the opposite effect.

Another woman with talent, but did not make the 1000M team was Teyba Erkesso who has the third fastest time this season. I think she would have been a great selection because is a tough runner.