Where Your Dreams Become Reality


Main Front Page

What's Let's Run.com?

SAVE ON SHOES

Training Advice

World Famous:
Message Board

Turn Back The Clock!
Today's Top Runners Talk About Their High School Careers

Opinions
Miler Scott Anderson's Journal

Wejo Speaks

Rojo Speaks

JK Speaks

LetsRun.com Privacy Policy

Contact Us

Advertise on LetsRun.com 
Click Here for More Info

 

World Champs Steeple Round 1: Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad Makes An Ass Of Himself, Americans Bomb
by: LetsRun.com
August 16, 2009
Berlin, Germany

The story of the Round 1 of the men's steeplechase was France's Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad - the Olympic silver medalist - dropping out with a lap to go in his heat and grabbing his leg.

Mekhissi-Benabbad is known for being super-emotional. He celebrated a full 100 meters DURING his Paris Golden League win this year. After today's heat, he was super-pissed. He came through the media area at least 10 minutes after his race and he was still angry.  He threw a water bottle against the wall. He then stormed through the media maze and we captured it on the video below.

We don't understand French but apparently he says, "Don't talk to me. You are going to say I pretend to be injured."

All the other favorites easily advanced.

The American men had a horrible day. Kyle Alcorn fell back three minutes into his race and soon dropped out. Josh McAdams fell back early in his race and didn't break nine minutes (Josh in the interview below indicated he suffered an injury recently). That left Dan Huling. Huling tried early leading and with Jamel Chatbi of Morocco opened up a 10-meter gap on the field.  He then quickly faded out the back to finish last in 8:46. He had no explanation for the run except for possibly needing a new warmup strategy for Worlds.

All four Kenyans advanced, looking good. With Mekhissi-Benabbad out, a Kenyan sweep of the medals looks more probable.

Dan Huling

Josh McAdams

Heat 1
16 August 2009 - 11:00
Position Bib Athlete Country Mark .
1 736 Richard Kipkemboi Mateelong KEN 8:17.99 Q .
2 236 Tareq Mubarak Taher BRN 8:18.13 Q .
3 733 Paul Kipsiele Koech KEN 8:18.16 Q .
4 406 Roba Gary ETH 8:18.22 Q .
5 955 Abubaker Ali Kamal QAT 8:18.95 q (SB)
6 804 Abdelatif Chemlal MAR 8:25.68 .
7 924 Tomasz Szymkowiak POL 8:27.93 .
8 891 Mario Bazán PER 8:28.67 (NR)
9 182 Pieter Desmet BEL 8:31.81 .
10 484 Vincent Zouaoui-Dandrieaux FRA 8:41.85 .
11 1077 Per Jacobsen SWE 8:44.80 .
12 375 Ángel Mullera ESP 8:47.40 .
. 1164 Kyle Alcorn USA DNF .
Intermediate Bib Athlete Nation Mark
1000m 182 Pieter Desmet BEL 2:46.11
2000m 733 Paul Kipsiele Koech KEN 5:37.45
Heat 2
16 August 2009 - 11:14
Position Bib Athlete Country Mark .
1 728 Brimin Kiprop Kipruto KEN 8:18.07 Q .
2 479 Bouabdellah Tahri FRA 8:18.23 Q .
3 973 Ruben Ramolefi RSA 8:18.24 Q .
4 1131 Benjamin Kiplagat UGA 8:18.55 Q .
5 425 Jukka Keskisalo FIN 8:22.00 q .
6 1081 Mustafa Mohamed SWE 8:22.92 q .
7 353 José Luis Blanco ESP 8:24.07 .
8 186 Krijn van Koolwijk BEL 8:24.22 (SB)
9 1003 Ildar Minshin RUS 8:33.89 .
10 259 Rob Watson CAN 8:44.73 .
11 119 Youcef Abdi AUS 8:49.88 .
12 411 Legese Lamiso ETH 8:51.63 .
13 1204 Joshua McAdams USA 9:02.19 .
Intermediate Bib Athlete Nation Mark
1000m 973 Ruben Ramolefi RSA 2:44.54
2000m 479 Bouabdellah Tahri FRA 5:32.02
Heat 3
16 August 2009 - 11:28
Position Bib Athlete Country Mark .
1 724 Ezekiel Kemboi KEN 8:19.36 Q .
2 803 Jamel Chatbi MAR 8:20.26 Q .
3 409 Yacob Jarso ETH 8:20.91 Q .
4 370 Eliseo Martín ESP 8:24.29 Q .
5 818 Ion Luchianov MDA 8:27.41 .
6 873 Bjřrnar Ustad Kristensen NOR 8:28.49 (SB)
7 572 Steffen Uliczka GER 8:37.83 .
8 1127 Simon Ayeko UGA 8:37.86 .
9 691 Yoshitaka Iwamizu JPN 8:39.03 .
10 1034 Boštjan Buc SLO 8:40.56 .
11 932 Alberto Paulo POR 8:43.13 .
12 1190 Daniel Huling USA 8:46.79 .
. 473 Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad FRA DNF .
Intermediate Bib Athlete Nation Mark
1000m 803 Jamel Chatbi MAR 2:44.90
2000m 803 Jamel Chatbi MAR 5:32.16


Tell a friend about this article
(Dont worry we won't email your friend(s) again. We send them a 1 time email)
Enter their email address(es), separated by a comma.
Enter your name:

Don't Worry: We
Back to Main Front Page
Questions, comments or suggestions?Please email the LetsRun.com staff at [email protected]



Save on Running Shoes


Runner's World &
Running Times


Combined Only $22

a Year
Save $87



Running & Track and Field Posters


Search the Web
or LetsRun.com
Google

Web

LetsRun.com


Advertise on LetsRun.com

Contact Us

Privacy Policy