Just ain't happening. Your golden boy JÃ¤ger got beaten by a guy with a busted ankle. This was his last chance at a global title because there's a new bunch of Kenyan kids coming through set to bloom by 2019.
Bow Down to Kenya's Greatness.
That's possible. If he wanted gold or nothing that could have been the strategy. But you have to nail it absolutely correct with the lap times every time around.
repentant MZUNGU SUPREMACIST wrote:
Still like the guy above, I think Jager blew it. The tactics weren't right. Should have gone for broke after lap 4 and made them really work for it. Kipruto wins the sprint but would have been stretched in a faster race bc of lack of overall fitness. Jager should have done this differently and could have won.
Totally agree with you on Jager. I had hoped he would stretch to take away the medals from the KEnyans and bring the battle to the Moroccan but he chose to allow everyone have a chance. Now he paid for it and has no one else to blame.
Bad Wigins wrote:
JÃ¤ger played right to his own weakness which is he can't speed up his leg speed turnover to save his life. He should have played to his strength which is he can lope along fast for a long time better than anyone. Why didn't he do that?
However Kemboi failed to medal, and I think it was bad manners for him and Birech to join Kipruto's victory lap. They ran like 8:30, what are they doing acting like they won? It wasn't a relay.
I don't think he faked the injury. I saw him hobble off the trials myself and knew something was wrong before the media picked it up. But the psychological part came with that yarn about not having trained 40+ days. And when he told LetsRun "I'm so worried" in that video interview, I got suspicious. What Kenyan publicises his weaknesses to the media like that? He played you guys like a violin.
The Kenyans are truly great, but I think the injury was actually an "injury" -
i.e. part of the psychological warfare.
Weirdly, we were having this same discussion with a friend who's doing an advanced degree in sports science. He feels the steeple, with it's interruptions resembles cross country running the most, and these guys come from terrains where they're used to running over irregular surfaces through out their youth. But it doesn't explain why Ethiopians aren't good at it and Kenyans are notorious for their awful hurdling technique.
El Keniano: In June, you and I discussed Kenyan 800m men, Kenyan Marathoners and by default Kenyan relative weakness over the past thirty years or so in 5000m & 10000m. In your opinion, why are Kenyan males so dominate in 3000m SC? In your opinion, is it the distance, 3000m or is it special steeplechase training?