The Waterboy wrote:
I agree with everything you said except.
what makes you think bekele would have broken the world record?
He wanted the pacesetters at Zurich to go through 3000m in 7:30 for a world record attempt, but ended up backing off before then because he was tired because of the extra event at the World Championships and instead ran a 12:51 comfortably for the win.
Or I don't know if you were asking if his fitness was good enough, but he ran that 10000m at Berlin very comfortably, and if it had been something he'd been planning all season I could have seen him breaking it.[/quote]
Actually, he ran 12:52, not 12:51 and it was the only time all season he ran under 12:55. There wasn't any sign that Bekele in 2009 could have challenged his world record. I doubt he would have wanted to put that kind of effort into Zurich, either. He still had to win in Brussels a week later for the Golden League jackpot, which he ended up doing. In fact, I think the sacrifice he made in doubling at Worlds was that it did make winning the Golden League jackpot more difficult.