Abshero, Sefir, Geneti and Tola for men;
Mergia, M. Dibaba, B. Bekele and A. Kebede for women
Selection may change after London
Wow. Gebremariam was their best shot. Way open for the Kenyans. 1-2-3
Neither Rotterdam (Geb)nor London (Kebede) won´t change anything because none of them will run faster but to make the decision of one good result is stupid
Ashwin Bala wrote:
A very brave move by Athletics ETH. In doing so, they intend to send a young, fearless and relatively inexperienced team to London.
What baffles me is the experience part. Sure, you want to send your fastest boys but big marathon experience must have its say in selection. Leaving out a guy like Kebede will be foolish. Sure he is going through a slump but he has big race experience that is necessary in a tactical race like an Olympic Marathon.
Kebede is also a marathoner who runs with this head - he knows when to punch an attack and when to hold back.
I would have had Kebede on that team. Kebede + Absehero will be a deadly combination and something that Kenyans would fear.
Kudos to AE to release the preliminary list and making a bold statement at that - You want an Olympic spot, you better run somewhere close to the Kenyans :)