Sunday, July 13, 2008

Cherkos is Champ!

For the past two years (since running a 12:54 5000M as a 16 yr old), it has been clear that Abreham Cherkos has talent that would match any of Ethiopia's greatest distance runners but he has not been able to produce consistent results. At the Osaka World Championships last year, he finished a disappointing 8th, almost a minute off his personal best. One could only guess that his training method was not correct or consistent.

Last month in Berlin, Cherkos ran a 12:57 5000M showing his potential once again and indicating he might be on track to peak at the perfect time for the Beijing Olympics. Today, on the final day of the World Junior Championships, Cherkos (still a junior at 18!) took the 5000M title in a record-breaking fashion, and thus improving Ethiopia's hope for the Olympic 5000M title which otherwise has looked dim for sometime now. Below is the race summary from IAAF.

Abreham Cherkos of Ethiopia obliterated the 5000m Championship record and the USA enjoyed more relay joy as the curtain came down on the 12th IAAF World Junior Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland in front of more than 12,000 spectators in the Zawisza Stadium.

A heavy shower made life difficult for the competitors in the early part of the final session but the rain had abated by the time the 16 finalists set out on their 12-and-a-half-lap test in the men’s 5000m.

Cherkos makes it look easy
Ethiopia have generally had to play second fiddle to their arch distance running rivals for much of the championships but ended the final day on a high as Cherkos, the World junior leader, hacked almost 20 seconds from the Championship record to win gold in 13:08.58...more

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Cherkos is great. He is young and talented. I really do not think he will be dominant the way Kenenisa or Haile were.

Tariku does better when he pushes from 1000 - 1200 meters out. He won that way in one of the grand prix events. He does not have his brother kick and from 400 meters out he gets beat by someone.

If Kenenisa does not run the 5k, I expect Seleshi to do well. I think Lagat should be the favorite especially in a tactical race. Kipchoge or Tariku may grab the bronze.

Anonymous said...

All in all team Ethiopia had done well in Bydgoscz,one thing which I did not get is the reason why there was no women 10k competition while there was men 10km or did I miss any thing .

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