Thursday, August 21, 2008

Women's 1,500 M - Huge Disappointment!

In what must be the biggest disappointment, Gelete Burka fails to qualify for the finals. What is stunning is that she was never close to qualifying. She finished 5th more than 2 seconds behind the last qualifier in her heat. Her time of 4:15.77 is very slow for someone that has run under 4:00. Gelete was picked by some to win the gold. I never bought that. She was way too inconsistent. Her focus on the 5,000 M did not help her. She has a history of choking in the big races. This time she took it to a diffrent level.

The fact that this embarrassing defeat happened at this stage (after she has been established) will have a huge physiological impact. Confidence is the material champions are made of. She probably will never realize her potential. Gelete will continue make money on the track circuit (you don't have to win to make money) but she most likely will never win an Olympic medal. She will never be a champion. What a waste of talent.

Meskerem Assefa, was a token entry and come in 11th. That is not a suprise. You reap what you sow.

We can conclude that the 1,500 has been a huge disappointment. Some changes have to be made. the sooner the better. To have success in the 1,500 M it must be taken seriously.

12 comments:

roocha said...

Well, both Gelete and Meskerem fail to advance. I don't know what happened to Gelete. I watched her run the Paris Golden League meet about a month ago and she did not look good. I was nervous for her since then. She had the year's fastest time going in to today's race but finihes in 6th place finishing some 16 seconds slower that what she ran earlier in the year. Even Meskerem ran 10 sec faster than Gelete today. Watching the race, Gelete looked OK till the bell lap where she reacted too strongly to people passing her by starting her kick too early. She faded badly in the last 150M and her Olympics over as soon as it started. Sweeping the 5000M and marathon notwithstanding, it looks the team will finish Beijing far behind their goal of winning 10 medals.

yekolotemari said...

I've always said taht depending on which Gelete shows up... I am really disappointed because she is a talented athlete without the right guidance. She also lacks taht killer instinct. This is the biggest disappointment so far.

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