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"Consistently sought out by some of the most talented athletes, Canova currently overseas the training of 12 of the top 20 marathoners in the world, as well as his new charge, Kenesia Bekele".
Should it be Kenenisa Bekele?
"He is consistently asked for his opinion on every topic related to distance running and has proven himself to be one of the most open and outspoken coaches in the sport, lecturing frequently and freely sharing his philosophies in forums such as the semi-famous Letsrun.com message boards."
Who cares about Bekele.. . .
"Canova has also welcomed Americans into his Iten group, with Chris Barnicle being the first to train under the master and alongside the world’s best."
Seriously? Chris Barnicle? Who'd he have to blow to get in a Canova group? WOW! Good for him. I am surprised this hasn't come up yet.
funny thing, most africans don't seem to mind a firenje or muzungu just dropping in, esp if you ask first. if i can train w/ geb and bekele's little bro in Addis, then doesn't seem odd that Barney could drop in on a good group in Iten.
What did the other 8 top marathoners do wrong that Canova doesn't claim credit for their performances?
I think that, when somebody speaks about who the athletes I coach are, there is some confusion.
I work directly with athletes in Kenya, that I follow directly. Only in this case I can say I'm really their coach.
The athletes always with me are Moses Mosop, Abel Kirui, Eric Ndiema (2:06:07), John Kiprotich (2:07:08), Robert Cheruiyot (2:05:52), David Barmasai (winner Dubai last year), these last two together with William Kiplagat, Jonathan Maiyo (2:04:56), Philemon Limo (59:30), Silas Kipruto (59:39), Nicholas Kemboi, Gilbert Kirwa (2:06:14), Boniface Kirui (first marathon in Hamburg), Sammy Kitwara, Florence Kiplagat for the road races, and Leonard Kosencha (1:44.08, World Youth Champion), Silas Kiplagat (3:29.27), Yusuf Kamel (3:31.36), Collins Cheboi (3:32.35), Caleb Ndiku (3:32.03 but I want to move him to 5000m), Remmy Limo (3:32.78), Edwin Soi (7:29.94 last week), Thomas Longosiwa (12:58 last week), Wilson Kiprop (World HM Champion but looking at 10000m), Sylvia Kibet (silver medal WCh in 5000m) plus some other athlete at the moment not so strong. These athletes are for the most part under the management of Gianni Demadonna and/or Global (Jos Hermens and Valentjin Trouw).
Then there is a group of athletes using my programs with their coach. Somebody is in Kenya (for example, one group of young athletes including Geoffrey Kirui (26:55) and his brother Gilbert Kirui (8:24 in steeple) and the World Junior Champion of Cross Faith Kipyegon Chepgnetich, that are in Kericho under the coach Charles Ngeno for the management of Global), some other in Ethiopia.
Between the Ethiopian, I have a close collaboration with Gemedu Degefu, following the marathon runners of Gianni Demadonna (Dino Sefer 2:04:50, Shami Abdullah 2:05:42, Chimsa 2:05:42, Seboka 2:06:17, Aselefech Mergia 2:19:31, Aberu Kebede 2:20:33, and others as Tirfi, Netsanet, Koren Yal, Yacob Jarso). We are in touch every 2 days, I have the full report of their workouts and the comments of Gemedu, and I prepare the program for the next period (my periods are never longer than 2 weeks, because I have to update the situation according to the reality, not to what I think in theory).
I have some athlete following my program directly, without the intervention of any other coach (Imane Merga).
And I have another group of athletes, managed by Jos Hermens and Valentjin Trouw with Global Communication, using my programs directly (Mekonnen Gebremedhin, Yenew Alamirew, Genzebe Dibaba, Abeba Arigawi) but alternating my programs with the programs of the National Coaches, since they have to join the national group for 2-3 days per week.
After this, there are program more general, used by other athletes of Global only partially (for example, they do some session that I write in the program, mixed with other type of workouts), and these athletes are not under my control, also if they use some specific workout I wrote not for them personally, but as type of training we can use for their event. This is the case of Bekele, and also of some very strong woman, but I can't say I work with them: simply, there is some circulation of my program and my training phylosophy that athletes can use according to their own feeling.
At the end, there is another group of Kenyan runners (mostly marathon runners) with whom I frequently speak about training, that some time ask advises and want to discuss about particulars of their training and how to improve their performances. These are the athletes "self coached" that follow my training system, as the most part of athletes in Iten.
Now I hope the situation is more clear.
I like to share my ideas and to discuss with everybody, but I can be considered the coach of the first group only. In all the other cases, I help some other coach in coaching his group, since I like to grow young coaches that are the continuity for Track and Field activity. They can learn from myself as I learnt from Luciano Gigliotti, but they are the coaches, not me.
When you get a chance, would you mind talking about the training of Leonard Kosencha? Also, what do you think of the video with Asbel Kiprop and others running with a rope around the waist and dragging a tire behind them? Thank you!
Mr. Canova, I think it is amazing that Merga trains on his own.
He is one of my top 3 favorite athletes (Merga, Mosop, N. Willis).
Also, I wish him well this year in the Olympics.
The athletes that interest me of those mentioned are Caleb Ndiku who I believe would be a real threat at Olympics 5000m and Yenew Alamirew who is a massive talent. What do you think they are capable of this year?
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