2013 Ostrava Analysis: Kenenisa Bekele is finished as threat on the track, Evan Jager and Galen Rupp’s medal chances go way up (and they didn’t even race)

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by LetsRun.com
June 27, 2013

The 50th Ostrava Golden Spike track and field meet was held tonight. The number of American competitors were few and far between but that doesn’t mean the meet wasn’t ripe with implications for American distance medals in Moscow.

Below we give three takeaways from the men’s steeplechase and men’s 5000 races and then give you full results for those two events plus the other mid-d/distance events (men’s 800, women’s 1500, women’s steeple). Additional meet results here.

We broke down the women’s 10,000 separately: LRC Tirunesh Dibaba Stays Undefeated at 10,000 and Picks Up 30:26.67 World Lead in Ostrava

1. Kenenisa Bekele is finished as a global threat on the track (and that’s great for Galen Rupp).

A sight we don’t think you’ll ever see again

Coming into the last lap of the 5,000 in Ostrava, there were four guys very close to each other. In the end, it wasn’t competitive at all.

2012 world junior champ Muktar Edris of Ethiopia blew everyone away on the final lap including NCAA star Lawi Lalang of Arizona and Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia.

Edris won in 13:03.69 after a 53-54 last lap as Bekele was just fourth in 13:07.88. Seeing Bekele close in 57-58 in a 13:03 race means he’s a shadow of his former self. Perhaps, he could contend for a bronze in the 10,000 but even that seems like a stretch right now.

Some may think we’ve gone too far in writing Bekele off but once Gebrselassie lost it on the track, he never regained that magic touch either. Bekele failed to medal in 2011 and 2012. We were told it was because he was coming back from injury. Now a year later, or should we say a year older, he looks worse than he did in either of those years. This year, Bekele’s close in Eugene wasn’t impressive, then he dropped out of Hengelo and now he only runs 13:07. Not good.

The facts show that he ran way better in 2011 on limited training than he is on full training in 2013.

Update: The results from today’s meet in Sollentuna, Sweden are in and three Ethiopians ran faster than Bekele did at Prefontaine. If the Ethiopians select their team based on time like they did last year, that would mean Bekele won’t even be going to Worlds.

Sollentuna 10,000 Results.
1 Dejen Gebremeskel 89  26:51.02 WL AR
2 Abera Kuma 90  26:52.85 PB
3 Imane Merga 88  26:57.33 SB
4 Yigrem Demelash 94  27:15.51
5 Atsedu Tsegay 91  27:28.11
Hassan Mead 89 USA DNF

2. The best African distance talent right now all seems to be the very young guys and few of them have even tried a 10,000 (and that’s great for Galen Rupp).

There are three guys in the world in 2013 who have gone sub-13 for 5000. Two of them are 19 and one is 23 and none of them has even run a 10,000 on track.

The Three Sub 13:00s in 2013
1    12:54.95    Yenew Alamirew – age 23
2    12:55.73    Hagos Gebrhiwet     – age 19
3    12:58.85    Isiah Koech – age 19

Given the way the sport works financially, the IAAF really should consider not requiring 10,000 ‘A’ standard time for sub-13:00 performers. If you go sub-13 on the track, you should be given an IAAF ‘A’ standard. It takes a lot of time to prepare for and recover from a 10,000 so financially not a lot of young Africans are going to do it as there almost is no money to be made running a 10,000 in Europe these days.

We  end up with a watered down field in Moscow as a result.

Rupp doesn’t need to worry about beating Alamirew, Gebrhiwet, or Koech as they likely won’t be in the 10,000 race.

Update: 23-year old Dejen Gebremeskel did make his 10,000 debut tonight in Sollentuna and ran a world-leading 26:51. The fact that the 12:48 guy is now likely in the 10,000 is BIG news and will make things much harder for Rupp. A surprising time for Gebremeskel in the short term as he looked awful in running 13:31 for 5000 in New York, but not long term, as people would expect at 12:48 guy to break 27:00. Gebremeskel proves our point. When these youngsters do finally do the 10k, they are very good.

5000 results from Ostrava appear below. A big pb for Aussie Brett Robinson who got the 5000 ‘B’ standard of 13:20.00. His previous pb was 13:26. One other note, the announcers said tonight’s run was a big PB for Lawi Lalang. It wasn’t. They didn’t realize that Lalang, who did a lot of the leading tonight, had run 13:08.28 indoors last year.

2013 Ostrava 5000 Results

Rank AthleteNationResult
1MUKTAR EdrisETH
PB13:03.69
2CHOGE AugustineKEN
13:06.37
3LALANG LawiKEN
PB13:07.13
4BEKELE KenenisaETH
SB13:07.88
5SÁNCHEZ SergioESP
PB13:12.97
6KANGOGO CorneliusKEN
13:17.19
7BACHA ZelalemBRN
PB13:17.89
8ROBINSON BrettAUS
PB13:18.96
9LOZANO AlbertoESP
PB13:20.34
10GELANT ElroyRSA
13:23.94
11TUEMAY TsegayERI
13:28.25
12KIPYEKO PhillipUGA
13:29.30
13KIBET MosesUGA
13:30.16
14MAMIYO Nuguse HirsuatoETH
PB13:30.96
15SMAIL NoureddineFRA
13:38.60
16MASAI DennisKEN
13:46.45
17DA Silva JoilsonBRA
13:47.06
18BEDANE Negetu GetinetETH
PB13:52.32
LIMO TimothyKEN
DNF
RONO VincentKEN
DNF
LANGAT ClementKEN
DNP
 Intermediate times:
4000301Lalang Lawi (KEN)10:35.01
3000301Lalang Lawi (KEN)07:54.17
1000310Limo Timothy (KEN)02:37.60

3. Conseslus Kipruto continues to get slower each time he races (and that’s good for Evan Jager)

The 18-year old Kipruto is a phenom no doubt. Tonight, he won the steeplechase in Ostrava to remain undefeated on the year in the steeple. But each time he races, he gets slower:

Conseslus Kipruto’s Steepleachases This Year

8:01.16      PB (1)        1    Diamond    Shanghai    18 May
8:03.59              1    Pre    Eugene OR    1 Jun
8:04.48              1    Bislett    Oslo    13 Jun
8:11.27              1    Ostrava     27 Jun

Now the pace maker who was supposed to go to 2k wiped out on the first water jump so this isn’t necessarily a true sign of Kipruto’s fitness as he was all alone after three minutes, but it show he’s raced a lot this year and each time it’s gotten slower. Meanwhile, Evan Jager is chomping at the bit after his 8:08 opener and USA win.

Jager’s medal chances are going up and up.

Rank AthleteNationResult
1KIPRUTO ConseslusKEN
8:11.27
2GARI RobaETH
8:24.30
3TOROITICH TimothyUGA
8:27.34
4MARABA WilsonKEN
SB8:28.21
5ULICZKA SteffenGER
8:28.49
6WILKINSON JamesGBR
PB8:28.74
7ZAGHOU MounatcerMAR
8:30.48
8DEMCZYSZAK MateuszPOL
8:30.66
9GIGSA Tolosa NurgiETH
8:35.65
10SUHARYEV IllyaUKR
SB8:35.99
11SZYMKOWIAK TomaszPOL
8:37.16
12MOLEPO EdwinRSA
8:42.32
13POKROP HubertPOL
8:52.64
14OLEJNÍČEK LukášCZE
PB8:53.64
ABDI YoucefAUS
DNF
TALEB BrahimMAR
DNF
KEMBOI ClementKEN
DNF
TOO SilasKEN
DNF
 Intermediate times:
10001605:10.40

Men’s 800 Results

Rank AthleteNationResult
1AMAN MohamedETH
1:43.78
2OLIVIER AndréRSA
1:44.45
3CHEMUT AnthonyKEN
SB1:44.69
4ROTICH FergusonKEN
PB1:44.93
5LÓPEZ KevinESP
SB1:45.01
6RODRIGUEZ RafithCOL
1:45.18
7MUTAI JeremiahKEN
1:45.43
8KUBISTA JanCZE
PB1:46.16
9KIPLAGAT RichardKEN
1:46.81
10HOLUŠA JakubCZE
SB1:47.68
PAVLÍČEK MatějCZE
DNF
 Intermediate times:
600269Kiplagat Richard (KEN)1:15.60
400272Pavlíček Matěj (CZE)49.91

Women’s 1500 Results

Rank AthleteNationResult
1HASSAN SifanNED
PB4:04.02
2KUIJKEN SusanNED
PB4:05.38
3LAGAT ViolahKEN
PB4:05.66
4GEZEGEHNE KalkidanETH
SB4:06.19
5BUCKMAN ZoeAUS
4:06.36
6HARRER CorinnaGER
SB4:06.60
7PLIŚ RenataPOL
4:06.80
8BURKA GeleteETH
SB4:06.80
9FEYNE GudetoETH
SB4:07.67
10ČAPKOVÁ TerezaCZE
SB4:08.78
11RODRÍGUEZ NataliaESP
SB4:09.07
12MACÍAS IsabelESP
SB4:09.51
13SIMPSON JemmaGBR
4:10.12
14ROSTKOWSKA AnnaPOL
SB4:10.55
15HORNA AnnettGER
PB4:10.98
16JAMAL MaryamBRN
SB4:12.72
17BRONIATOWSKA KatarzynaPOL
4:14.72
MASNÁ LenkaCZE
DNF
ŠKABRAHOVÁ SylvaCZE
DNF

Women’s Steeplechase Results

Rank AthleteNationResult
1CHEMOS MilcahKEN
MR9:17.92
2AYALEW HiwotETH
SB9:19.87
3KIRUI PurityKEN
9:26.50
4DIRO EteneshETH
9:26.60
5CHEROTICH FancyKEN
PB9:28.04
6SHMIDT SvitlanaUKR
SB9:37.33
7GALKINA GulnaraRUS
9:48.43
8KRCHOVÁ EvaCZE
PB9:52.69
9NYAMBURA VirginiaKEN
PB9:59.06
10SZLEZAK MatyldaPOL
SB10:05.81
11STEWART EmilyGBR
10:07.28
BIRTUKAN FenteETH
DNF
ZHUDINA ValentynaUKR
DNF
 Intermediate times:
2000257Ayalew Hiwot (ETH)06:16.37
1000261Zhudina Valentyna (UKR)03:07.35

Women’s 10,000

Rank AthleteNationResult
1DIBABA TiruneshETH
WL, MR30:26.67
2CHERONO GladysKEN
PB30:29.23
3OLJIRA BelayneshETH
SB30:31.44
4ABABEL YeshanehETH
PB30:35.91
5UTURA SuleETH
PB30:55.50
6MASAI LinetKEN
SB31:02.89
7WUDE AyalewETH
SB31:16.68
8CHEMTAI EstherKEN
PB31:42.06
9JARZYŃSKA KarolinaPOL
PB31:43.51
10CHEKOL Muluhabt TsegaETH
PB31:48.21
11FÉLIX DulcePOR
SB31:52.55
12GEBRE TrihasETH
PB32:03.39
13ERDÉLYI ZsófiaHUN
PB32:47.96
14KUBEŠOVÁ PetraCZE
SB36:20.56
AUGUSTO JessicaPOR
DNF
GEBREKIDAN HiwotETH
DNF
MAMO Etagegne WolduETH
DNF
MEKASHA WaganeshETH
DNF
JASSEM Karima SalehBRN
DNP
DMITRIYEVA IrinaRUS
DNF

*Full 2013 Ostrava Results


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