Thursday, September 23

Ethiopian Barega takes the gold in 10,000

  • Defeat of the Ugandan record holder Cheptegei in the same race and great series of 5,000 women with the Dutch Hassan as the protagonist.

The first athletic day was going to dispel the doubt of who would succeed the unbeatable Briton Mo farah, successive Olympic champion of London and Rio in the longest track event and famous for his undeniable final. One name sounded above all, that of the Ugandan Joshua Cheptegei, world record holder of 5,000 and 10,000. His performance was a mystery after a discreet season, surpassed among others by the Spanish Mo Katir at the Florence meeting, when it achieved the Spanish record of 5,000.

The final of 10,000 turned out to be a trap for the Ugandan, who sacrificed his teammate Cat launching the race. The strategy had no effect and the elusive Selemon barega took the gold in the last lap, at the Mo farah. Neither Cheptegei neither Kiplimo They were able to do nothing despite their desperate final sprint to chase down the Ethiopian, a 3.32 in 1,500 runner.

Hassan’s works

The unprecedented marathon of tests that he intends to contest Sifan Hassan | He started this Friday, qualifying with amazing ease for the final of 5,000 next Monday … which he will play having run 12 hours before the first round of 1,500. The Dutch is also registered in the 10,000, whose final is direct and is celebrated next Saturday after, supposedly, having played the final of 1,500 on Friday.

The new athletic adventure of the unaccompanied Ethiopian minor who took refuge in Eindhoven in 2008 and nationalized in 2013, is unprecedented. His four world records and the fact of having achieved the titles of 1,500 and 10,000 at the Doha World Cup, an unprecedented combination as well, lend credibility to a challenge conditioned by the heat and humidity in Tokyo Bay.

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