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lunedì 26 settembre 2016

Renato Canova: What Bekele is in the marathon.

<I had the opportunity (and the fortune) to work with Kenenisa after Chicago 2014, till Dubai 2015. In spite of his physical problems, he was able to train with good continuity, even if with a volume far from an optimal volume for a top marathon, in fact in Dubai he was able to run under 2:04 but only a new injoury could stop him from running under that time. (...)
What he did in London Marathon was unbelievable: he ran 2:06 (1:27:23 the first 30km) with less than two months of specific training, after 11 months without any running activity. This means that he can have big chances for running 2:02, if his body structure can stay under control, and there are not injuries. (...)
When I worked with him, I discovered a person of great heart, very kind and friendly, with top personality and very deep values, and frankly: I found immediately a strong feeling with him as person. (...) These athletes have a strong presonality and so much confidence in themselves and they don't want to lose. This happened also today when after 28km he seemed to struggle a little, when Wilson launched the first attack; (...) but kenenisa, who never had good finals in the marathon previously run, every time he was able to fill the gap using an even pace, this was an injection of confidence for the ability to run all the marathon at high level, in fact he finished the last 2195m in 6:08. (...)
All my admiration, my respect and my friendship for athletes, and men like them, that can maintein the values (also moral) of athletics at the highest level.
Every time you can work with an athlete of amazing level, you can learn something; in the case of Kenenisa, I teached him something new about training (...) and I learned again something exclusive about psychological needs top athletes must have. (...)
What I learnt from him (and previously from Shaheen, an other athlete of incredible mental talent) was:
1) The percentuage of intervention on the performance for the "self confidence" in these athletes is very high. (...)

2) the total importance of "fresh mind" before training and competitions. (...)

3) they are motivated only by top targets. (...)

They go for staying with the leaders from the start, trying till when it's possible, and when is no more possible drop out, but they go for the max intensity also if they are not ready. In London when I suggested to Kenenisa to run with the second group (it was a pace under 2:06, optimal for his courrant shape), after one minute of thinking, he answered "My mind is not ready for running with weak runners".>

You can find the full interview on letsrun.com

With the help of Alberto Mazzucchelli.

giovedì 8 settembre 2016

BMW BERLIN-MARATHON on September 25: Strong competition for Kipsang and Bekele

Wilson Kipsang and Kenenisa Bekele face strong competition

Expectations are high once again for a very fast race in the 43rd edition of the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON on September 25. All the omens are favourable with the recruitment of another high quality field which, given good weather conditions, points to another year of outstanding, world class times. The former world record holder Wilson Kipsang of Kenya and Ethiopia's Kenenisa Bekele have taken centre stage as the pre-race build-up has taken place, but alongside them are a clutch of athletes possessing the talent to be right up there with them. Seven runners in the field have best times under 2:06. At the head of the women's field is the double BMW BERLIN-MARATHON champion Aberu Kebede of Ethiopia. The BMW BERLIN-MARATHON is part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors Series and an IAAF Gold Label event, the highest category of road race awarded by the International Association of Athletics Federations.

The men's world record has been broken seven times in Berlin and the world's fastest time of the year was achieved here on five consecutive occasions. These performances combine to make the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON the fastest race for the classic distance of 42.195km in the world. The recruitment of Wilson Kipsang, who brought the world record down to 2:03:23 in Berlin in 2013 and Kenenisa Bekele, who will be looking to make a big improvement on his marathon debut time of 2:05:04 in Paris in 2014, was announced some time ago. But these two outstanding runners shouldn't think that the race will be simply a duel between themselves.

The fastest man on the start list is not Wilson Kipsang but his fellow Kenyan Emmanuel Mutai. He finished second in Berlin two years ago in 2:03:13, beaten only by the man who set the world record, Dennis Kimetto (2:02:57). Another to take into account is the Ethiopian Tsegaye Mekonnen who will be making his Berlin debut. In 2014 the teenager ran a world junior best of 2:04:32 to make headlines in Dubai but failed to win a place on the national team for the Olympics.

"I think we'll see a relatively big group in the lead this time since there are a number of athletes capable of going with the kind of pace which will bring a time under 2:04. It could be very exciting and – depending on the weather – very fast," said the Race Director Mark Milde, who has also brought in three more Kenyans in Vincent Kipruto (2:05:13), Eliud Kiptanui (2:05:21) and Evans Chebet (2:05:33) who have shown they can break 2:06.

While the Japanese Yuki Kawauchi's best of 2:08:14 may not threaten the leaders, this prolific marathoner will be making his Berlin debut. Noted for the frequency and consistency of his marathons, the 2014 Asian Games bronze medallist has already run five races at the distance this year, including his most recent effort of second place with 2:09:01 in Australia's Gold Coast marathon on July 3. In 2014 he ran a total of 13 marathons and the following year even improved on that with 15. However he intends to focus on Berlin and ran less marathons this year.

Ethiopians are the favourites in the women's race. Aberu Kebede not only has the fastest personal best but a great deal of experience in the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON. Her tally from three appearances comprises two wins and one second place, an impressive CV. Kebede won in 2010 in 2:23:58 and set her current personal best of 2:20:30 two years later when she took tha race again. Last year she was beaten only by the Kenyan Gladys Cherono who ran the fastest time in the world with 2:19:25 with Kebede runner-up in 2:20:48. Her chief ambition remains to break the 2:20 barrier. A third victory in the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON would also bring her level to the pair who have won a record number of women's titles for the race: Uta Pippig of Germany and Renata Kokowska of Poland.

Two more Ethiopian women will be among Aberu Kebede's strongest opponents: Amane Beriso took a big step forward with second place in 2:20:48 in Dubai in January. Birhane Dibaba ran her best of 2:22:30 two years ago as runner-up in Tokyo. Their compatriot Ruti Aga (2:25:27) could also have a say in the outcome.

"It's noticeable with the women's race that, since we've just had the Olympics, many of the top runners ran in Rio. Compared to the men the women's top marathon runners worldwide have not quite the strength in depth. But the situation also offers the chance for another runner to make a name for herself," reflected Mark Milde and added: "We hope to have world class performances and a fast race."

Main contenders with personal bests

MEN
Emmanuel Mutai KEN 2:03:13
Wilson Kipsang KEN 2:03:23
Tsegaye Mekonnen ETH 2:04:32
Kenenisa Bekele ETH 2:05:04
Vincent Kipruto KEN 2:05:13
Eliud Kiptanui KEN 2:05:21
Evans Chebet KEN 2:05:33
Mark Kiptoo KEN 2:06:00
Jacob Kendagor KEN 2:07:47
Yuki Kawauchi JPN 2:08:14

WOMEN
Aberu Kebede ETH 2:20:30
Amane Beriso ETH 2:20:48
Birhane Dibaba ETH 2:22:30
Reina Iwade JPN 2:24:38
Ruti Aga ETH 2:25:27
Janet Ronoh KEN 2:26:03

More information is available online at: www.berlin-marathon.com

 credit: www.photorun.net




martedì 23 agosto 2016

Five Past Champions Including World Record-Holders Headline 2016 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Elite Field



August 23, 2016
Reporters May Contact:
Alex Sawyer, Bank of America Chicago Marathon, 1.312.992.6618
alex.sawyer@cemevent.com

Diane Wagner, Bank of America, 1.312.992.2370
diane.wagner@bankofamerica.com

Five Past Champions Including World Record-Holders Headline
2016 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Elite Field

Dickson Chumba, Dennis Kimetto and Tsegaye Kebede Lead the Men's Field;
Florence Kiplagat and Atsede Baysa Highlight the Women's Field

CHICAGO - Today, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon announced that current marathon world record-holder and 2013 Chicago Marathon champion and course record-holder Dennis Kimetto (KEN) and half-marathon world record-holder and 2015 Chicago Marathon champion Florence Kiplagat (KEN) will return to compete for the crown at the 39th annual event.

Kimetto and Kiplagat stand out in an historic field that includes five past champions - the most returning champions to toe the line in the same race in event history, setting the stage for October 9 to be a thrilling contest of experience, endurance and speed.

"Dickson, Tsegaye and Atsede have run their fastest career marathons in Chicago, and both Tsegaye and Dennis have experienced the thrill of breaking our course record," said Carey Pinkowski, Bank of America Chicago Marathon executive race director. "To have so many past champions in one competition is thrilling. And there is depth on the American side as well; without pacesetters, we could see a new champion emerge from this talented field."

Chicago marks the site of Kimetto's North American and Bank of America Chicago Marathon course record of 2:03:45. He became the first runner in history to cover each 5K segment in under 14:50. He stunned in his 26.2-mile debut at the 2012 Berlin Marathon, finishing second in a debut record, 2:04:16. He then made history at the 2014 Berlin Marathon; he became the first person to run under two hours and three minutes, crossing the finish line in 2:02:57 to set a new world record.

Florence Kiplagat, the current world record-holder in the half-marathon (1:05:09), returns to Chicago to defend her 2015 title. Kiplagat showed poise last year as the women's lead pack started aggressively on a 2:19 pace. She tucked herself in with the group and then made her final move with less than two miles to go, capturing her first Chicago Marathon victory in 2:23:33. Kiplagat is the 2010 IAAF World Half Marathon champion and the 2011 and 2013 Berlin Marathon champion. She set her personal record (PR) of 2:19:44 in Berlin in 2011.

Men's field

Kimetto's run from the start line in Grant Park to the finish line down Columbus Drive will be contested by 2015 defending champion Dickson Chumba (KEN), 2012 champion Tsegaye Kebede (ETH), 2008 Olympic 10,000m bronze medalist Micah Kogo (KEN), and debut marathoner and 8K world record-holder Stephen Sambu (KEN). In spite of his world record in 2014, Kimetto has struggled to get back on top of the podium, making the 2016 Bank of America Chicago Marathon anything but a one-man show.

Chumba took home his third career victory at the 2015 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, breaking the lead pack with three miles to go after a slow and tactical race (the first race in more than two decades without pacesetters). By mile 24, Chumba had opened a 20-second gap on the chase pack, a gap that proved insurmountable in the end. Chumba started his marathon career in 2010, but he gained global recognition in 2014 with a win and course record at the Tokyo Marathon. He followed that performance with a third-place showing at the 2014 Chicago Marathon in his current PR (2:04:32).

Kebede's last run in Chicago four years ago resulted in a PR and a course record (later broken by Kimetto) of 2:04:38, but he is also remembered for his 2010 runner-up finish in an epic, head-to-head battle against the late Sammy Wanjiru (KEN). Kebede and Wanjiru jockeyed back and forth over the final miles of the race in what is considered one of the most courageous marathon duels of all time. Kebede, a 2008 Olympic Marathon bronze medalist and the 2012‒2013 Abbott World Marathon Majors (AWMM) series winner, is one of the most accomplished marathon runners of the last decade. He has finished in the top 10 of 15 AWMM races since 2009, including three victories, three runner-up finishes and five third-place finishes.

Kogo might not have a marathon victory on his resume, but he does have an Olympic bronze medal in the 10,000m and a track PR of 26:35:63, making him the sixth-fastest man in history at the distance. Kogo set his PR in Chicago in the same race that Kimetto ran away from the field, clocking 2:06:56 for fourth place. While Kogo has a well-established career on the track, a major marathon championship continues to elude him. He arrives in Chicago eager to rewrite that storyline.

Sambu adds some mystery to a lead pack full of marathon credentials. While he has raced exceptionally well in Chicago - netting a pair of victories at the 2015 and 2016 Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K - his potential in the marathon remains unknown. Sambu brings world record 8K speed (22:01:1), 10,000m speed (26:54:61) and half-marathon endurance (1:00:41) into his marathon debut.

Kenya's Gideon Kipketer and America's Luke Puskedra (Eugene, Ore.) plan to be in the hunt for a podium finish. Kipketer started 2016 by grabbing the headlines at the Mumbai Marathon. Initially signed on to pace the race, he felt good at 30K and kept going – a decision that resulted in his first career victory. Kipketer ran his PR (2:08:14) at the 2012 Amsterdam Marathon. Puskedra stole the show at last year's Chicago Marathon, subtracting five minutes from his PR to run 2:10:24, becoming just the sixth American over the last two decades to score a top-five finish in Chicago. The 6'4" Puskedra clocked the fastest U.S. marathon time in 2015.

Koji Gokaya leads a strong contingent of Japanese runners with a personal best of 2:09:21. Takuya Fukatsu (2:09:31), Kazuya Ishida (2:11:57), and Ryoichi Matsuo (2:12:11) join Gokaya in a quest for a top finish.

Nick Arciniaga (Flagstaff, Ariz.), Tim Young (Fredericksburg, Va.), and Diego Estrada (Flagstaff, Ariz.) round out a strong American presence. From 2008 through 2014, Arciniaga ranked in the top 10 of the U.S. marathon runners, and he won the 2013 U.S. Marathon Championships. He enters with a 2:11:30 PR. Young set his PR at the 2014 Chicago Marathon( 2:14:40), and Estrada, one of the fastest half-marathon runners in U.S. history (1:00:51), toes the line, seeking redemption from a tough debut and DNF at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials.

Women's field

Atsede Baysa (ETH), Valentine Kipketer (KEN), and AWMM newcomer Gulume Chala (KEN) plan to make it difficult for Kiplagat to defend her title.

Baysa - lining up in Chicago for the fourth time – stands out as Florence Kiplagat's main challenger. Baysa has more Chicago victories on her resume than her Kenyan rival (2010 and 2012), and she is the reigning Boston Marathon champion. She is one of the most prolific and consistent runners in the world of elite distance running, finishing in the top four of six AWMM and taking the crown at the Paris (twice), Istanbul, Xiamen and Saitama Marathons. Baysa made a statement in Chicago in 2012 when she beat her opponent to the line by one second in an all-out sprint finish down Columbus Drive, running a PR in 2:22:03. With the momentum of Boston still in her stride and the AWMM championship in view (she is in second place), she enters Chicago with the opportunity to make history if she wins a third time, becoming the only woman on record in Chicago Marathon history to complete the triple.

Kipketer, making her Bank of America Chicago Marathon debut, looked ripe for a podium finish with four miles to go at the 2016 Boston Marathon. She was part of the leading trio that crested the infamous Newton Hills late in the race; without a contender in sight, she seemed like a lock for a top-three finish. But a hard-charging Baysa, in one of the most dominant come-from-behind victories in history, took down the trio at mile 24 to capture the laurel wreath. Kipketer faded to fifth, but it was a strong showing for the 23-year-old. Kipketer, who started her career in 2008 as a junior competitor, took a maternity break and just recently returned to the roads in 2015. With a marathon PR of 2:23:02 and two previous victories in Amsterdam and Mumbai, she should be a factor for a top finish.

Chala, making her first appearance in an AWMM event, has only been competing at the 42K distance for four years, but she has run 12 marathons within that timeframe. She recorded her personal best and her second career victory in 2015 at the Frankfurt Marathon, stopping the clock in 2:23:12. Her time in Frankfurt was a six-minute PR and a bold statement that she is ready to compete among the best athletes on the global stage.

Hoping to prevent an East African sweep, American Serena Burla (Stafford, Va.) is a two-time U.S. Olympic Marathon trials qualifier (2012, 2016) with a personal best of 2:28:01. Burla has dipped under 2:30 twice in her career, and she was the 2014 U.S. Half Marathon champion. Burla turned in one of the most impressive U.S. marathon performances in 2015 when she finished 10th at the IAAF World Championships Marathon in Beijing.

Joining Burla on the U.S. side is six-time Chicago Marathon veteran Tera Moody (Chicago, Ill.). Moody made a comeback at the 2015 Chicago Marathon after struggling with injuries for two years. She ran her PR in the windy city in 2010 (2:30:53). Alongside Moody, Sarah Crouch (Blowing Rock, N.C.) returns for the third time. She experienced a huge breakthrough in Chicago in 2014, subtracting 12 minutes from her PR to finish in the top 10 in 2:32:44.

Highlighting an internationally diverse field is two-time Danish Olympian Jessica Draskau Petersson, 2016 Polish national champion Agnieszka Mierzejewska (2:30:55), and 2012 British Olympian Freya Ross (2:28:10). Petersson set her personal best in Chicago last year with a ninth-place finish in 2:30:07. She returns this year hoping to break the Danish national record (2:29:34). Mierzejewska will be making her AWMM debut after finishing in the top three of all six marathons she has run. Ross, coached by 1984 and1985 Chicago Marathon champion Steve Jones, is returning to elite competition after a broken hip derailed her running plans in 2014 and 2015.

For more information on the 2016 Bank of America Chicago Marathon elite field, visit chicagomarathon.com/2016elites.

About the Bank of America Chicago Marathon
In its 39th year, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon welcomes thousands of runners from more than 100 countries and all 50 states, including a world-class elite field, top regional and Masters runners, race veterans, debut marathoners and charity runners. The race's iconic course takes runners through 29 vibrant neighborhoods on an architectural and cultural tour of Chicago. In 2015, an estimated 1.7 million spectators lined the streets cheering on 37,459 runners from the start line to the final stretch down Columbus Drive. As a result of the race's national and international draw, the Chicago Marathon assists in raising millions of dollars for a variety of charitable causes while generating $254 million in annual economic impact to its host city. The 2016 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, a member of the Abbott World Marathon Majors, will start and finish in Grant Park beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, October 9. In advance of the race, a two-day Abbott Health & Fitness Expo will be held at McCormick Place Convention Center on Friday, October 7, and Saturday, October 8. For more information about the event and how to get involved, go to chicagomarathon.com.

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sabato 13 agosto 2016

RENATO CANOVA COMMENTA IL RECORD DI ALMAZ AYANA



DOPO 23 ANNI RIO RISCRIVE LA STORIA DEI 10000 METRI FEMMINILI
All’apertura delle competizioni atletiche in Rio abbiamo potuto assistere alla più grande gara di sempre sulla distanza dei 10000 metri femminili, probabilmente ad una delle più grandi gare di mezzofondo di sempre ad ogni livello, paragonabile agli storici 800m di Rudisha a Londra 2012.
In verità, da parte delle persone più vicine ad Almarz Ayana, che managerialmente è gestita dalla Global Sport di Jos Hermens e Valentijn Trouw, si attendeva il record del mondo, la cui realizzazione tuttavia dipendeva da almeno un paio di fattori, quali un aiuto di alto livello fin dall’inizio della gara, e le condizioni ambientali.
L’esame dei passaggi del record di Wang Junxia, d’altra parte, faceva chiaramente supporre i limiti umani sulla distanza potessero essere ben lontani da quanto realizzato nel 1993 : una suddivisione delle due metà gara in 15’05” e 14’26” ottenuta al termine di una settimana con gare giornaliere a livello di record mondiali (tra cui un fantastico 8’06” sui 3000m) non poteva non far pensare possibile un tempo inferiore ai 29’20”, con passaggi più equilibrati ed un maggiore stato di freschezza personale.
In realtà, da quell’anno fatidico mai nessuna atleta si era cimentata nel tentativo di migliorare tale record.
Uno dei motivi è che la specialità dei 10000m femminili non è mai stata presente in nessun meeting, a differenza dei 5000m che hanno registrato ripetuti attacchi al record mondiale, da parte delle Etiopi che hanno dominato il mondo nell’ultimo decennio, ovvero Tirunesh Dibaba e Meseret Defar.
Questo fatto, legato alle scarse occasioni di confronto al di fuori dei campionati istituzionali, dove le atlete guardano al piazzamento piuttosto che al tempo, ha portato ad una sopravalutazione del valore tecnico dei tempi sulla distanza, creando una idea sbagliata dei valori raggiungibili in caso di una gara perfetta come passo e come situazione ambientale.
Già nel mese di aprile, parlando con il marito allenatore di Almaz (Soresa Fida, atleta da 3’34”72 sui 1500m alcuni anni or sono), avanzammo insieme con Jos e Valentijn l’idea di preparare i 10000m, poiché Almaz pareva possedere le qualità non solo tecniche, ma anche caratteriali, per la più lunga distanza.  Il modo col quale aveva distrutto Genzebe Dibaba nei 3 km conclusivi della finale mondiale di Pechino (8’19” in solitudine !) faceva chiaramente intendere come una delle qualità peculiari possedute fosse una elevatissima capacità di correre al massimo in solitudine, come hanno avuto tra i grandi “divoratori” di record in passato Daniel Komen e Kenenisa Bekele, per fare due esempi a livello maschile, od Ingrid Kristiansen capace di correre in 30’13” in solitudine ad Oslo 30 anni or sono.
Si temeva il clima di Rio, ma negli ultimi giorni la situazione è mutata, divenendo più propizia riferendosi alle prove di endurance che a quelle di velocità.  Per quanto riguarda la “lepre”, mai ci sarebbe stata una situazione migliore di quella olimpica, grazie alla giovane kenyana Alice Aprot Nawowuna (sorella minore di Joseph Ebuya, campione mondiale di cross nel 2010), da sempre front runner senza paura, che conosce una sola tattica : correre al massimo sin dall’inizio nell’intento di distanziare tutte le avversarie.
La gara è stata di una linearità assoluta sotto l’aspetto tattico : Aprot subito al comando, con Ayana a seguirla e Vivian Cheruiyot subito dietro.  I passaggi, dopo un primo giro da 1’14”, sono fin da subito divenuti interessanti in proiezione record del mondo, con una prima metà in 14’46”8 che lasciava facilmente intuire un “negative split” da parte di Ayana con tempo finale al di sotto dei 29’30”.
Ecco gli splits per km  :


Kilometro
Atleta al comando
Tempo totale
Tempo parziale
1
Alice Aprot
3’01”5
3’01”5
2
Alice Aprot
5’55”8
2’54”3
3
Alice Aprot
8’52”7
2’56”9
4
Alice Aprot
11’49”8
2’57”1
5
Alice Aprot
14’46”8
2’57”0
6
Almaz Ayana
17’36”7
2’49”9
7
Almaz Ayana
20’30”0
2’53”3
8
Almaz Ayana
23’25”4
2’55”4
9
Almaz Ayana
26’22”88
2’57”48
10
Almaz Ayana
29’17”45
2’54”57
 
Il break di Almaz è avvenuto ai 5200m, con un giro in 1’06”6, e da quel momento la Ayana ha condotto una gara sul ritmo con giri intorno ad 1’10”, talvolta anche inferiori.   I suoi primi 5000m in 14’47”15, i secondi in 14’30”, con gli ultimi 3000m in 8’47”4.
Il fatto che le condizioni fossero ideali, e la gara quasi irripetibile, è dimostrato dai primati personali ottenuti dalla maggior parte delle atlete :
Atleta
Primato Personale Precedente
Prestazione in Rio
Differenza
Attuale posizione
all-time
Almaz Ayana
30’07”00
29’17”45
49”55
1
Vivian Cheruiyot
30’30”44
29’32”56
57”88
3
Tirunesh Dibaba
29’54”66
29’42”56
12”10
4
Alice Aprot
30’26”94
29’53”51
33”43
5
Betsy Saina
30’57”30
30’07”78
49”52
13
Molly Huddle
30’47”59
30’13”17
34”42
17
Yasmine Can
31’12”86
30’26”41
46”45

Gelete Burka
30’28”47
30’26”66
1”79


Ulteriore dimostrazione della irripetibilità di una gara come quella odierna sta nel miglioramento di Tirunesh Dibaba, attualmente all’80% della condizione che aveva nel 2012, e nel grandissimo progresso di Vivian Cheruiyot, che peraltro avevamo già visto in nettissima crescita durante i Trials Kenyani di Eldoret. Peraltro, questo chiarifica anche che mai, in passato, le atlete di vertice avevano posto un attacco al record dei 10000m tra i loro obiettivi, record che avrebbe potuto essere di sicuro realizzato da Tirunesh Dibaba nel periodo 2008 – 2012, se adeguatamente preparato.
Assai interessanti le prestazioni di due giovanissime kenyane : Alice Aprot, che in futuro potrà divenire una maratoneta da record del mondo grazie alla sua innata aggressività e ad un talento naturale che deve essere allenato nel miglior modo in tale direzione, e Yasmine Can, ora turca ma originaria di Iten, appena ventenne, da cui possiamo attenderci quanto prima un tempo inferiore ai 30’.
Piacevole il nuovo record Americano di Molly Huddle, che a 32 anni si è presa la soddisfazione di detronizzare Shalane Flanagan.
Ovviamente, ora si scateneranno le tesi di “doping africano” da parte di tutti coloro che mai hanno avuto a che fare con i massimi talenti.
Pur non potendo mettere la mano sul fuoco per nessun atleta al giorno d’oggi, sono perfettamente certo che si possono raggiungere tali risultati con il talento posseduto dalle atlete in oggetto, che vivono e si allenano perennemente in altitudine, e che svolgono spesso allenamenti che europei ed americani ritengono possibili solo utilizzando aiuti esterni, spesso illegali.   Ricordo che nel 2009, ad Utrecht, ci fu una gara di 10000m cui ero presente con Florence Kiplagat e Sylvia Kibet (Florence fu seconda col record nazionale kenyano di 30’11”53, quel record oggi migliorato da Alice Aprot), e l’etiope Meselech Melkamu, in totale assenza di pacers, vinse correndo in solitudine in 29’53”.  A livello di talento, non c’è proporzione alcuna tra Melkamu ed Ayana, o Cheruiyot, o Dibaba, per cui i tempi odierni rientrano nella assoluta normalità per atlete in grande condizione, a patto di trovare condizioni ideali sia a livello climatico sia a livello di gara.
Almaz Ayana è il presente del mezzofondo prolungato, ed a parer mio non avrà grandi problemi ad imporsi anche sui 5000m, sebbene Vivian Cheruiyot possegga una superiore volata : ma quando si è in grado di correre gli ultimi 3000m in meno di 8’20”, non ci si preoccupa molto della volata altrui…