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  • Kenenisa Bekele: "Howya like me now?"

    When Kennster (credit the name to Eldrick ) ran only a 4:01 in Madison Square Garden a few weeks ago and had his butt handed to him by Bernard Lagat, many of you were ready to dismiss his efforts as a miler or even a 3000 guy. Others of you thought he would be "okay" but not a threat.

    It's too early for me to issue any kind of "told you so", but I am curious if anyone is beginning to take him a little more seriously after what he did in Birmingham. If you're not already aware, he ran 2 miles indoors in 8:05.

    I'm standing by him, guys! If he indeed spends the year concentrating on the middle distances, he'll be dangerous.

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    Re: Kenenisa Bekele: "Howya like me now?"

    Originally posted by bekeselassie
    When Kennster (credit the name to Eldrick ) ran only a 4:01 in Madison Square Garden a few weeks ago and had his butt handed to him by Bernard Lagat, many of you were ready to dismiss his efforts as a miler or even a 3000 guy. Others of you thought he would be "okay" but not a threat.

    It's too early for me to issue any kind of "told you so", but I am curious if anyone is beginning to take him a little more seriously after what he did in Birmingham. If you're not already aware, he ran 2 miles indoors in 8:05.

    I'm standing by him, guys! If he indeed spends the year concentrating on the middle distances, he'll be dangerous.
    Mottram- 12:56? 3:48

    Bekele- 12:37-4:01??, i think not. You will see 3:28-3:46 if he runs some big 1500's this summer.
    phsstt!

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    • #3
      What killed Bekele in New York was a 55-56 opening lap on that tight track. He said it was too fast for him.

      Birmingham track:



      Turns not so tight here for Bekele. Plus, remember, he is running at 60-point pace from the beginning, not 55-second pace and dying.



      The track surface is Mondo Sportflex Super X Classic.

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      • #4
        Thanx Eric! Great pix. Even Bek is human. On this beautiful big track all he had to do was keep running 30 secounds and change for 16+ laps. :shock:
        phsstt!

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        • #5
          What a beautiful track!

          Did you noticed the pointer is on the Canadian flag!!! 8) 8)

          Must be acknowledging our athletics supremacy.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by mojo
            Did you noticed the pointer is on the Canadian flag!!! 8) 8)
            But on the end of that 'pointer' is a flaming torch :twisted:

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            • #7
              This is what my "proper track" comment on the indoor vs. outdoor thread was referring to...

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Jon
                Originally posted by mojo
                Did you noticed the pointer is on the Canadian flag!!! 8) 8)
                But on the end of that 'pointer' is a flaming torch :twisted:

                I see no flame but it wouldn't surprise me. Canadians are hot!

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                • #9
                  birmingham track

                  Looks like a few too many cones on the track. They tend to bounce around a little on portable tracks. Requires a good deal of re-postioning after each race to make sure they are accruately placed.

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                  • #10
                    Re: birmingham track

                    Originally posted by dkny
                    Looks like a few too many cones on the track. They tend to bounce around a little on portable tracks. Requires a good deal of re-postioning after each race to make sure they are accruately placed.
                    Not only that, but it takes YEARS of specialized cone-placement training to be able to really do the job.

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                    • #11
                      Bekele

                      It was noted by Peter Matthews, the stadium announcer in Birmingham, that Kenny's last mile in Birmingham 2 mile was faster than the 4:01 mile that he ran in Milrose.

                      I think that this puts his New York performance in perspective, in that this does not reflect his potential as a miler...

                      ShaunP

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                      • #12
                        Re: birmingham track

                        Originally posted by twittering debutante
                        Not only that, but it takes YEARS of specialized cone-placement training to be able to really do the job.
                        I know you're not serious about that, but you might be surprised at how often the cones are not properly placed, even at major competition. It's a simple task that can be, and too often is, screwed up.

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