Saturday, March 28, 2009

Hello Victory!

There are some post you never wish you made. I wish I had not dismissed Gebre-egziabher Gebremariam's recent success so quickly. But again his performance of the last few years was so disappointing for a guy with so much talent. Gebre-egziabher Gebremariam ran a very very smart race. For a change it was fun watching him. I am happy to see him finally win a title that he has always been capable of winning.

Here is my take on Amman. Overall it was a good showing for Ethiopia. Some people stepped up. Most noteable is Genzebe Dibaba who is showing that she is the real thing. Ayele Abshiro also showed guts. Meselech Melkamu lived up to her billing. Gebre-egziabher Gebremariam and Habtamu Fikadu did so in a big way. Actually the senior men's team as a whole stepped up in a big way.

How is it that the most disappointing bunch, the senior men, transformed themselves into winners? I think the fact that Kenenisa (the alpha male) was not around turned these guys from submissive types to contenders. With the exception of Dino Sefer and Tadesse Tola all of the runners were in contention into the last lap. It looked like most of these guys thought they could win and so gave it there best.

As for Gebre-egziabher Gebremariam he has to maintain the form he has rediscovered.


Anonymous said...

I agree with you that Gebre-Mariam really stepped it up this time. Now, he needs to stay at this caliber to establish his name with his elite compatriots.

What I enjoyed most, however, is how the big-mouthed Kenyan coaches were over-confident about their chances about winning individual titles due to Kenenissa's and Tiru's absence were left searching for answers. I mean, when will these folks learn? They talk a whole bunch ahead of meets to alsmost always to come up with viable solutions to tame Haile then Kenny and now, it seems, any combination of Ethiopian runner/s.

Gotta love that!


Boston in two week! ;)

Anonymous said...

Dear Roocha,
Perhaps Kenenisa's absence was a blessing in disguise after all. It was amazing that without the lion, the men almost came away with the Senior Title. I believe we lost on a tie-breaker.

If history was an indication of what is it come, we should have won the women's senior title but it was a big disappointment. Not only did we lose the individual, we also lost the team title. Anyhow, I think Gebre_Mariam, Genzebaie and Abshirto stepped it up. well done Team Ethiopia and looking forward to the World's Track and Field.


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