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  • Fukuoka results

    Wanjiru's successful debut -- plus a couple of other great performances:

    1. Samuel Wanjiru (KEN) 2:06:39, Debut, Course Record
    2. Deriba Merga (ETH) 2:06:50 PB (also under previous Course Record)
    3. Atsushi Sato 2:07:13, PB



    http://www.iaaf.org/OLY08/news/kind=2/n ... ru+fukuoka

  • #2
    Re: Fukuoka results

    Originally posted by Master Po
    1. Samuel Wanjiru (KEN) 2:06:39, Debut
    Another Nairobi cab-driver does well . . . **YAWN** . . . what else is new? :wink:

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    • #3
      Re: Fukuoka results

      Originally posted by tafnut
      Originally posted by Master Po
      1. Samuel Wanjiru (KEN) 2:06:39, Debut
      Another Nairobi cab-driver does well . . . **YAWN** . . . what else is new? :wink:
      If he drives a cab, it's more likely to be in Osaka than Nairobi. (I believe he's based in Japan.)

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      • #4
        Re: Fukuoka results

        Originally posted by tandfman
        Originally posted by tafnut
        Originally posted by Master Po
        1. Samuel Wanjiru (KEN) 2:06:39, Debut
        Another Nairobi cab-driver does well . . . **YAWN** . . . what else is new? :wink:
        If he drives a cab, it's more likely to be in Osaka than Nairobi. (I believe he's based in Japan.)
        Aside from the absurdity of my original statement, I'll correct it to EX-Nairobi-cab-driver.

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        • #5
          Re: Fukuoka results

          Originally posted by tafnut
          Originally posted by Master Po
          1. Samuel Wanjiru (KEN) 2:06:39, Debut
          Another Nairobi cab-driver does well . . . **YAWN** . . . what else is new? :wink:
          I hope you don't seriously mean you've never heard of him before. This is the man who set three WRs in the half marathon and ran 26:41 at 18 years of age.
          With Wanjiru entering the marathon-running business, we may finally see the marathon WR reach the level it should have reached a while ago, i.e. 2:02s. Tergat and Geb turned to marathon when they were over the hill, but this guy only just turned 21 :!:
          Było smaszno, a jaszmije smukwijne...

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          • #6
            2. Deriba Merga (ETH) 2:06:50 PB
            That's also =#3 Ethopian all-time:

            2:04:26 Haile Gebrselassie ETH Berlin 30.09.2007
            2:06:49 Tesfaye Jifar ETH Amsterdam 17.10.1999
            2:06:50 Belayneh Dinsamo ETH Rotterdam 17.04.1988
            Merga
            2:06:57 Tesfaye Tola ETH Amsterdam 17.10.1999
            2:07:35 Abebe Mekonnen ETH Beijing 16.10.1988
            2:07:45 Simeretu Alemayehu ETH Torino 01.04.2001
            2:07:54 Gezahegne Abera ETH Fukuoka 05.12.1999
            2:08:03 Gashaw Melesse Asfaw ETH Paris 09.04.2006
            2:08:11 Tereje Wodajo ETH Seoul 14.03.2004

            http://www.alltime-athletics.com/mmaraok.htm

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            • #7
              So he misses by 2 seconds being second only to Geb/WR.

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              • #8
                That could be the least surprising great debut of all time.

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                • #9
                  Merga's performance also pushes Ethopia out of a tie for =3rd most sub 2.08 men

                  1. Kenya 48 (I think - hard to count that high + 23 sub 2.07)
                  2. Japan 11
                  3. Ethopia 8
                  4. Spain 7
                  =5. South Africa, Morocco 4
                  =7. Portugal, France 3
                  =9. Italy, Ukraine, Korea 2
                  =12. USA, Australia, Britain, Djibouti, Brazil, Qatar, Belgium

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by unclezadok
                    That could be the least surprising great debut of all time.
                    Not even the least surprising 2:06 for Ethiopia:

                    24 2:06:35 Haile Gebrselassie ETH 18.04.73 3 London 14.04.2002

                    At the starting line there were only about four marks better than 2:06:35 (although it only got third: also on 14.04.02:

                    4 2:05:38 Khalid Khannouchi USA 22.12.71 1 London 14.04.2002

                    6 2:05:48 Paul Tergat KEN 17.06.69 2 London 14.04.2002

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                    • #11
                      Seem to have cross purposes here.
                      It was Wanjiru's debut, NOT Merga's (he ran 2:13:33 for 11th in Paris)

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                      • #12
                        Re: Fukuoka results

                        Originally posted by Powell
                        ... but this guy only just turned 21 :!:
                        Surely all comments on Kenyan ages should be prefaced with "supposedly"...

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                        • #13
                          Re: Fukuoka results

                          Originally posted by AS
                          Originally posted by Powell
                          ... but this guy only just turned 21 :!:
                          Surely all comments on Kenyan ages should be prefaced with "supposedly"...
                          You may be right, but he ran a 58:33 half marathon and has been getting better, so I expect him to be the next marathon superstar regardless of what his real age may be.
                          Było smaszno, a jaszmije smukwijne...

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                          • #14
                            Re: Fukuoka results

                            Originally posted by Powell
                            Originally posted by AS
                            Originally posted by Powell
                            ... but this guy only just turned 21 :!:
                            Surely all comments on Kenyan ages should be prefaced with "supposedly"...
                            You may be right, but he ran a 58:33 half marathon and has been getting better, so I expect him to be the next marathon superstar regardless of what his real age may be.
                            But the argument was that the other "big boys" had moved up too late... story is a bit different if he is currently 24 or 25, rather than the purported 21...

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                            • #15
                              Re: Fukuoka results

                              Originally posted by AS
                              But the argument was that the other "big boys" had moved up too late... story is a bit different if he is currently 24 or 25, rather than the purported 21...
                              OK, it is a bit different, but Tergat was nearly 32 when he made his debut. Geb was not quite 29, but he didn't run another marathon for 3.5 years after his first one. And considering it took them a few races to learn how to approach the 42.195k, they nearly reached mandatory retirement age by the time they had enough experience.
                              Wanjiru, even if he's 24 or 25, still has plenty of time. Actually, considering his 26:41 at 18, I'm disappointed he hasn't tried regular racing on the track and has focused on road racing only. I think he could be capable of challenging the 10000 WR.
                              Było smaszno, a jaszmije smukwijne...

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