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Haile put in a fast first 5km, nobody stayed with him. The gap probably even widened from maybe 10 seconds at 5k to 15 seconds or so at the finish. The seconds half must have been slower than the first half, although I don't know exactly what the splits were. There was a group of Kebede, Asbhero and Makau behind him running together for most of the race, but the Ethiopians pulled away from Makau in the last couple of km.
The interesting thing will be to see how he runs in Hengelo on the track next w/e. If he's strong there then he must have a shot at the team for the 10000m.
Incidentally ,Linet Masai looked really comfortable winning the women's race.
HG did the first 5K in 13:29, if I recall correctly. It was his 5th win of the GM 10K, in his second fastest time.
The question on Cram and Foster's (BBC commentators) minds was, has he got the kick in the last lap to secure selection for the Olympic 10K? It'd be awesome if he did get selected. He's racing Hengelo in a week or so's time.
Masai looked surpreme, as if she were out for a Sunday stroll.
Here's an interview with Geb that shows the finish:
Those with a UK IP address will be able to watch the race here:
but it's not up yet.
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It's up on iplayer now. I hadn't realized the quality of the field, also great in the women's race. Unfortunately, they missed the break, and from then on, it wasn't such an exciting race anymore, but still nice to see Haile run. Hopefully, he doesn't copy Bekele, in following up a great road race with poor track performance - if he can hold it together in Hengelo, why not? Haile seems to think he needs a top three finish though, and whether he can achieve that will depend a lot on how the race is run.
I was surprised to see Abshero letting Kebede take second so easily - did he really have nothing left, or did he feel Kebede deserved a consolation prize?
Makau in 5th was also a surprise, as was the time he lost to Haile. But of course, it's difficult to compare pure marathon runners to someone who's clearly set his sight on the track now.
I once tried to make the comment that I don't think Geb is too old to be competitive still, I just thought that he is a better 10K runner than he is a marathon runner, and hopefully this 27:29 and a shot at the Olympic 10000m team versus his 2:08 at Tokyo proves that. He's not done yet, he's just better suited for shorter stuff.
A great run in my view, he cameback from marathon to do that time in road and beat younger and faster guys...his passage at 5k indicates a possible sub 27 can come soon, and he is almost 40. I would like to see him in london to see how he would handle it, it will be his 5th olympics, how many man can say that they had been in 5 olympics?
that run says geb can easily go sub 27.
but that is not enough, it is going go take sub 26:30 ability for a medal. and you will have to close something like this!
geb on his best day could medal for bronze, only if several contenders have a bad day, combined with his best day which he tends to have on a regular basis.
if geb does well in the 10k, maybe he might do the marathon???
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