Monday, August 18, 2008

Women's 5000 M Heats Preview

Unless there is a disaster look for all three Ethiopian runners to make it through. It should be a jog.

In addtion to Tirunesh there are a few runners doubling. Gulnara Samitova-Galkina (RUS) winner of the 3,000 Steeplechase is going for a double gold. She was dominant in Steeplechase and broke the World Record on Sunday. Fifth place finisher in the in the 3,000 Steeplechase, Jessica Augusto (PUR), is also running the 5,000. Both Steeplechase runners are entered for the 1,500 M. I am not sure how they plan to pull off the triple.

Seven 10,000 M runners will be starting the 5,000. In the first heat has Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH) and Yingying Zhang (CHN) from the 10,000 M. In the second heat hedlined by Meseret Defar, will have a pack of tired legs from the 10,000 M. Kara Goucher (USA), Joanne Pavey (GBR) and Yukiko Akaba (JPN) are looking for redemption in the 5,000M while Shalane Flanagan (USA) and Elvan Abeylegesse(TUR) look to add to their medals.

A runner to note is 31 year-old Alemitu Bekele of Turkey who has a personal best time of 15:05.85 and does not have much of a chance to win a medal.

What to look for? How is Tirunesh holding up? How does Meselech Melkamu look?

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