Birech was #1 in our world rankings last year but only 4th at Worlds. Then he was 2nd at the DL season ender. This year, he says he'll only do 3 DL races before the Olympics.
Last year, he did 5 with two other steepeles before Worlds.
Birech's pre-DL races in 2015
8:05.36 WL SB 1 Diamond Shanghai 17 May
8:01.83 SB 2 Pre Eugene OR 30 May
8:05.63 1 Bislett Oslo 11 Jun
8:11.42 1 Mohammed VI Rabat 14 Jun
7:58.83 WL SB (1) 1 Areva Saint-Denis 4 Jul
8:16.92 1 Gyulai SzÃ©kesfehÃ©rvÃ¡r 7 Jul
8:09.81 2 Sainsbury's London 25 Jul
That is going to change this year.
The Star wrote:
The Commonwealth silver medalist said he will also limit his appearances to just four in the forthcoming IAAF Diamond Series to avoid burn-out ahead of Rio.
â€œI will start the Diamond League in Doha on May 6 and I will myself to only four races,â€ said Birech, revealing the others as Rome (June 2), Monaco (July 15) and then the Brussels series-ender after the Olympics (September 9).
â€œI am getting ready. I want to run faster this year,â€ added Birech. â€œI made some small mistakes (at the World Championships) by running in a group with slow pace and that cost me a medal placing.â€
1) Less races is bad news for Jager. If Birech is on his game, he's tough to beat.
2) The fact that he realizes he is best suited in a fast race is good news for Jager. We wanted him and Jager to work together to push the pace.
If we were Birech, I would ask that one of the DL's not have a rabbit. Get used to going su-8 by yourself.