Renato thanks for the info but these times are out of this world.
Renato Canova wrote:
Bashir is the former Kenyan David Nyaga. He last year ran 3:36.08 / 7:44 and 7:49 9always winning) in 3000 / 8:23 in steeple in Luzern, winning the race, but the official results bring him to 3rd place with 8:32 due to a mistake of computer. He was in training with me from the last 2 years, and this year he spent all his winter in Iten. He already wanted to go to Qatar, but it was no more possible because the Emir, after hearing our proposal, tired to read that Qatar was a thief of athletes (don't do confusion with Bahrain, every thing in Qatar happened with the agreement of AK), decided to stop every change of citizenship. So, I trained Nyaga for becoming one of the top Kenyans. However, in March he had yet an opportunity thru a Qatari team. He went to Doha on 10th of April, and had a test running 1200m and 300m with an interval of 3 minutes, ALONE, with times of 2:47.8 / 36.1. So, the President of one oif the 11 teams that there are in Qatar attached him, and, because he is a member of the Royal Family, he changed in short time his citizenship. This didn't happen thru Qatar Federation.
With the new name of Bashir, Nyaga went to Gulf Championships, and won in 3:37.37 beating Ramzi (3:37.41) with the last 300m in 36.8.
After this, because we have an organization in middle distance where I'm the responsible from 3000 to Marathon, and I personally pushed for having Luiz de Oliveira in the team like responsible for 800/1500m, I gave the athlete to Luiz, that is now his coach. Our program are different, not so much technically, but under the point of view of the organization. For example, I spent my June and July essentially in Kenya (but it was a mistake, because July is terrible, always raining and it's very diffgicult to train well because of the mud), and Luiz essentially in St. Moritz, like I always did in the past.
Afdter this, Bashir ran 3:31.04 in Doha (2nd), then a poor 800m (1:49) in Hengelo, then another poor 1500 in Paris (3:43). After a short period in Kenya, he came back to St. Moritz, and everything was OK : he won in Madrid 3000m with 7:41, then ran 800m in 1:47.5 in Italy, and finally the Mile in Oslo. This guy can become very strong also in 5000m, but at the moment his main event is 1500 / 3000. He is not very young, already 26y old, but has a lot of talent.
He runs 3:36, 1:47 for 800, 8:23 for the steeple. All reasonable times.
He has a bad race with 3:43 (I'd love to run "badly" and run 3:43).
3:31, 1:49. Again, great times. But none of those point to a 3:47 mile.
And he ran the last 300 of a 1500 in THIRTY SIX SECONDS?!?!
How does someone with 800 times of 1:47 and 1:49, plus one 1500 race in 3:43, run a 3:47 mile? That bad 1500 race was almost the same time of his mile! He improved nearly 100m in that time span.
I admit I've never heard of him before but 3:36 1500 to a 3:47 mile is ridiculous improvement. That's up there with Cram, Komen, Niyongabo, Rotich, Kibowen, Morceli, El Guerrouj, and Ngeny. And this from a relatively unknown Kenyan.