Lorenzo the Magnificent
Last time Geb got 9th? 4/23/2006 6:21PM Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Track, road, grass? Way back as a junior? Ever?
Vermonster
RE: Last time Geb got 9th? 4/23/2006 7:00PM - in reply to Lorenzo the Magnificent Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
It's his lowest since his first race as a youngster - he placed 99th at the Addis Ababa marathon in June '88. He has only two other races where he has finished lower than 6th:

'93 World Cross Champs he finished 7th (but didn't he trip on a log when he was with the lead pack and lost a lot of ground?) and he had an 8th place in the 1991 World Cross junior champs in Antwerp.

btw, these are all from the appendix of the HaileG bio "The Greatest"
MAYEROFF
RE: Last time Geb got 9th? 4/23/2006 7:10PM - in reply to Vermonster Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
I think that the only explanation for Geb's "failure" is the that he did not time his training properly to be in the best fitness on April 23. Look, he was running 58 minutes for a half marathon in JANUARY, and then 1:11 for 25km six weeks ago.

Even when he was running his world records on the track they were never more than a couple of months apart. He was asking his body to remain at the highest level possible for 3 MONTHS.

Look at the Tergat/Korir 2:04's: Both those guys did not have any significant races in the 2-3 months leading up to that.

Geb just shot his wad too early in the season. I think that he will be back in September or October and give it another shot at Chicago, Berlin or Amsterdam, albeit with no other world record attempts.

Jason
prunner
RE: Last time Geb got 9th? 4/23/2006 7:18PM - in reply to Lorenzo the Magnificent Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
you know sometimes people just have bad races, even the greatest runners in history. Maybe he just had a bad day, i mean it does happen. He still didnt run horribly, i fully expect him to drop the record sometime.
football is overrated
RE: Last time Geb got 9th? 4/23/2006 7:23PM - in reply to prunner Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
he still ran 2:09!! Are you kidding me? That is still a killer time
Hornissimo
RE: Last time Geb got 9th? 4/23/2006 8:24PM - in reply to Lorenzo the Magnificent Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
OK, I haven't kept count, but I'd say we've seen about four times as many threads on Gebreselassie's 9th place as on Limo's fantastic win.

I'm just saying.
Bum
RE: Last time Geb got 9th? 4/23/2006 8:37PM - in reply to Hornissimo Reply | Return to Index | Report Post

Hornissimo wrote:

OK, I haven't kept count, but I'd say we've seen about four times as many threads on Gebreselassie's 9th place as on Limo's fantastic win.

I'm just saying.


I think you're saying that letsrun posters are not as running savvy as they think they are. I would agree.
Lorenzo the Magnificent
RE: Last time Geb got 9th? 4/23/2006 8:44PM - in reply to Hornissimo Reply | Return to Index | Report Post

Hornissimo wrote:

OK, I haven't kept count, but I'd say we've seen about four times as many threads on Gebreselassie's 9th place as on Limo's fantastic win.

I'm just saying.


Yes, and you'll find more boxing articles on Ali than Leon Spinks, even though Spinks beat him. Geb is the greatest distance runner who ever lived. When he gets soundly beaten, it's news. People on a running board want to talk about it. Why does that surprise you?
10 lapper
RE: Last time Geb got 9th? 4/24/2006 12:02AM - in reply to prunner Reply | Return to Index | Report Post

prunner wrote:

you know sometimes people just have bad races, even the greatest runners in history. Maybe he just had a bad day, i mean it does happen. He still didnt run horribly, i fully expect him to drop the record sometime.
Sums it up well, especially when you're talking about the marathon where u don't need to have much go wrong to lose a few minute. He's also starting to get older too. In a way it shows where he is as a runner when he has a "bad" day running 2.09
midd8krun
RE: Last time Geb got 9th? 4/24/2006 12:07AM - in reply to 10 lapper Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
I love Vermonsters.
jiggy
RE: Last time Geb got 9th? 4/24/2006 9:07AM - in reply to midd8krun Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
What the hell is a vermonster?
lohalloran
RE: Last time Geb got 9th? 4/24/2006 9:44AM - in reply to MAYEROFF Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
yep...he left his race Arizona.
new england= NY's worst county
RE: Last time Geb got 9th? 4/24/2006 10:29AM - in reply to jiggy Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
a vermont monster?
sal paradise
RE: Last time Geb got 9th? 4/24/2006 3:56PM - in reply to new england= NY's worst county Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Like MAYEROFF said...

I appreciate his grace in defeat, though. You take the loss, and the crappy day, and the training missteps, and you go for a run.
Geb is the man
RE: Last time Geb got 9th? 4/24/2006 4:46PM - in reply to sal paradise Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
i was just glad to see that he finished instead of dropping out and giving some lame excuse