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  • #16
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    Great offer, but will have to be reformatted for U.S. players.

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    • #17
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      >Great offer, but will have to be reformatted for U.S. players.


      Crikey - of course! Completely slipped my mind :-(

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      • #18
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        Advance Australia Fair."I just didn't want to hear the Ethiopian anthem any more,Benita Willis Johnson told Satch . Her 10K track PR is 30.37.68 .Off track she digs, what else,body surfing.From Queensland, age 24, proud to win Australia's first world XC medal; WONDER AUSSIE.





















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        • #19
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          Transfer the video to your computer, then save one dvd copy in PAL for us here in EU and the other in NTSC for North America.

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          • #20
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            JUNIOR MEN:

            This is what I call a race!!!

            KEN 3-4-6-7 Total: 20
            ETH 1-5-9-10 Total: 25
            UGA 2-8-11-12 Total: 33

            USA juniors finished 7th, with prep Ryan Deak (34th, 26.27) and Stanford freshman Forrest Tahdooahnippah (37th, 26.29) top placers.

            SENIOR WOMEN SHORT:

            EDITH MASAI crowned world champion third time in a row.

            USA WOMEN finish 7th with 141 score after a strong top showings by Flanagan (14th, and Fleshman, 24th).

            Flanagan Shalane 14 13.34 (:27 behind Masai)
            Fleshman Lauren 24 13.56
            Wurth Christin 43 14.21
            Buttry Melissa 60 14.33
            Hann Sarah (64) 14.38
            Trujillo Janet (77) 14.57

            22 Elmore Malindi CAN 13:49 (STAN) fought tough and was ahead of Fleshman after 1st checkpoint. Hats off again to CAN, with 3rd place team effort! Pac-10 well represented with Elmore, Fleshman and Inman.

            And another great RACE: ETH: 2-3-4-10 Total: 19, KEN: 1-5-7-8 Total: 21

            Three-straight championships Flanagan hands Fleshman a loss after Fleshman:s three-straight NCAA 5K Outdoor titles.

            MENS LONG UPDATE FROM EUROSPORT: http://www.eurosport.com/home/pages/V3/ ... 6482.shtml

            Men's long course [15:11]: "Kenenisa BEKELE accelerates again! Sihine is distanced... WHAT A RACE FOR BEKELE!!! HE'S REALLY IMPRESSIVE TODAY, HE LOOKS UNBEATABLE!!!"

            Men's long course [15:14]: "There is no more suspense now... Bekele is unbeatable and he's running towards his second World Championships title in 2 days!"

            Welcome to Cross Country Haven! May I take your order? Yes, I will have three double victories to go, please! Hold the silver, and forget the bronze.

            11 United States 211

            Abdirahman Abdihakem 34 38.09 (2.17 behind Bekele)
            Kennedy Bob 44 38.28
            Brinker Richard 51 38.36
            Davis David 82 39.30
            Swanson Nolan (93) 40.03
            Eberly Joshua (108) 41.03

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            • #21
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              To state the obvious: Bekele is simply awesome. If he doesn't threaten the 5000 WR this summer, I'll be quite surprised.

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              • #22
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                I agree.. I can not see Komen or Gebrselassie in the same league as Bekele, yet they both dipped under 12.40. Great expectations await young Bekele...and he has a great mentor, training partner and friend in Geb.

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                • #23
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                  i may be optimistic, but i think bekele can go sub 12;30 and sub 26 if he wants to.

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                  • #24
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                    >prep Ryan Deak (34th, 26.27)

                    And 27 seconds ahead of him was the top NA finisher, Canuck Henok Lechebo in 22nd.

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                    • #25
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                      Hats off again to CAN, with 3rd place team
                      >effort! Pac-10 well represented with Elmore, Fleshman and Inman.

                      Today's email from AC:

                      "This is our first medal at World Cross since Gateshead 1983 where our Senior Women team got also the bronze. However, back in 1983, the African nations were not really a factor."

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                      • #26
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                        "Kiprop, 18, had looked to be in control on the final lap before Tadesse fought back and took the lead but entering the penultimate corner the Ugandan saw his final burst to get past the Ethiopian checked by running into him."

                        There are those that are also saying that Tadesse(who finished 7th in the senior race last year) looks a tad over his age of 18.

                        http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/ ... 04/1/.html

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                        • #27
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                          Bekele is obviously in a class of his own in XC. The most dominant in history. However, don't count out his mentor for Athens. Geb knows how to finish - and he's been preparing for it. He also knows Bekele's strengths and if Bekele could be intimidated by anyone it would be Geb - afterall Geb is teacher, Bekele student. I don't think we will see Geb push the early pace this summer as we did last summer. Geb will likely go back to his "sit and pounce" tactics - wanting Oly Gold.

                          I too don't think it will be long before Bekele gets the WR in 5 and 10 - its only a matter of time. It should be a very fun summer!

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                          • #28
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                            Cyril: Sit and pounce are exactly the best words to describe Geb:s strength and might on the track. That young man with the huge smile is a devious, calculating, shark when it comes to claiming stake to Olympic gold.

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                            • #29
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                              Epelle-

                              The ability to unleash with devastation is a quality required for a champion. Very rarely do we see a track championship won from outside 400 m. El G is a big exception because of his phenomenal ability over the entire distance.

                              Bekele (like Geb) also has a unique ability to be able to kick very fast off of a very fast pace which he can set himself. However, if someone with an equal or better finish (Geb?)is sitting on his shoulder into the last 400 the one doing the stalking is at a big advantage. They may decide to share pacing from 5 to 9k to break the field - then best man for himself - or maybe Bekele will simply run the 5 and Geb the 10?

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                              • #30
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                                The Oly 5 & 10 WILL be something this year. The big question is: will Bekele double? So far, the word seems to be that he won't. If that's true, I'd have to think that the Ethiopian federation will "give" Geb the 10 and assign Bekele the 5. If Bekele doubles, he could well win both, but I agree with those above who aren't counting Geb out of it. It would be amazing if Geb could win 3 10s in a row, with or without Bekele to contend with. Re: Bekele's talent, I've stated before that if anyone currently active can run 12:33, it's him. I also think he can run under 26:10, and possibly give 26 flat a scare... I just hope I can be there when one or both of these happen. The guy is just frightenly good. It was a psyche to see him for the first time at Lausanne last summer. He's remarkably small--but a giantkiller once the gun goes off...

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