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  • #31
    Re: XC Champs

    I'm surprised that no one has yet commented on the fact that Qatar bought themselves a second-place in the men's short course team race -- ahead of Kenya!

    Free-agency wreaks havoc in yet another sport ... maybe we need salary caps? :-)

    (Since they're all required to change their names after becoming Qatari, I can't tell how much of the team is actually Kenyan. Does anyone else out there know? Perhaps that would be an interesting "highlight item" in the next eTN.)
    "Run fast and keep turning left."

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    • #32
      Re: XC Champs

      I'm willing to be bought, and will happily change my name to Mohammad el-Kuhatani.

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      • #33
        Re: XC Champs

        How much would Olsson get paid for changing his name from Christian to Mohammed?

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        • #34
          Re: XC Champs

          (Since they're all required to change their names after
          >becoming Qatari, I can't tell how much of the team is actually Kenyan. Does
          >anyone else out there know?

          4th place Hassan (also placed 4th in the Paris 10,000) is the runner formerly known as Albert Chepkurui.
          5th place Shaheen is the runner formerly known as Stephen Cherono.

          There may be others as well.

          None will be able to run in Athens.

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          • #35
            Re: XC Champs

            I wonder if that US 1000/month for life for Shaheen is going to change now that Qatar is not going to get OLY dividends on their investments until at least 2008.

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            • #36
              Re: World XC Champs - Brussels

              The shock of the championships for me was the bronze medal in the men's long race for Eritrea. Kifle and Tadesse had not been unknown, but theit team never showed that kind of depth before. Incredibly, the 4th best Eritrean was ahead of the 4th best European :-o Who knows, in a few years they may be a serious threat to Kenya and Ethiopia... maybe they'll try to get Meb Keflezighi back, too :-p
              Było smaszno, a jaszmije smukwijne...

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              • #37
                Re: XC Champs

                "This is our best team result ever in the Men’s Short race (6th)
                >and also our best ever
                individual placing (Kevin Sullivan 17th). First non
                >African country!"

                Free geography lesson: Qatar is not in Africa (although its runners are all Africans).
                Było smaszno, a jaszmije smukwijne...

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                • #38
                  Re: XC Champs

                  For whatever it's worth, last night I watched a tape of the 1984 World Cross race. In 20 years, times have changed just a tad. In '84 no Kenyans or Ethiopians were in the top group--which was all Euro-type guys (Lopes, Hutchins, Jones, Porter). Porter was incredibly gutsy--leading just about the entire way and really pushing the pace (first mile 4:19) before getting outkicked in the last kilo. The team race was between the US and Ethiopia, with the US just getting edged out. The top 2 US guys finished 4th (Porter) and 6th (Eyestone). Ah, the good old days!

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                  • #39
                    Re: XC Champs

                    >I'm willing to be bought, and will happily change my name to Mohammad
                    >el-Kuhatani.

                    With all of the name changing and new Qatari nationals, I wonder if it is possible one or more of these athletes will be prevented from entering the USA based on name association with suspected bad guys.

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