10000m WOMEN : TIRUNESH WINS 10000m FOR THE 4th TIME
If possible, the final of 10000m for women was in Moscow even more boring than the competition for men.
During the race, absolutely nothing happened, so we can speak about a move of some runner, always in the same position for all the duration of the race, from the start till last lap, when the results was exactly what everybody expected : Tirunesh Dibaba in fron of Gladys Cherono and Belaynesh Oljira.
Not many athletes at the start, with Shalan Flanagan immediately in front for running at her personal pace. After one lap, there was a row with the Japanese Hitomi Niiya and Tirunesh Dibaba behind Flanagan. After 3 km, Niiya overtook the American, and paced the leading group till the bell, at very even pace.
The only change in the situation was the fact Sally Chepyego lost contact after 7 km.
In the last lap, Tirunesh finished running in progression with 59.98, and only Gladys Cherono, this year able to run 30:29.23 in Ostrava (27th June), tried to reply, finishing in 61.5.
Thanks to her last lap, Tirunesh closed the last km in 2:49.23, and her effort was the same of a training session.
Without Vivian Cheruiyot, Lineth Masai and Florence Kiplagat for different reasons, and without Defar, there is no competition in this event, since there is who probably can be considered the best specialist ever (Gold medals in OG 2008-2012, Gold medals in WCh 2003-2005-2007-2013, bronze medal in OG 2004) against some good runner, with medium-high talent.
This means the difference between Tirunesh and the second (if there is no Defar) is very much bigger than the difference between Mo Farah and the second men in any race.
So, for finding something interesting in the race, we need to see behind Dibaba. The new entry in a medal for top championships is Gladys Cherono, last year winner of both 5000m and 10000m in the African Championships, this year changing type of training using more fast mileage and less short intervals, looking at half marathon (she won in Prague in 1:06:48 which is the 4th seasonal performance), for putting some long interval in her training only from the beginning of June, having the precise goal to win a medal in 10000m in Moscow.
While for Belaynesh Oljira and Emily Chebet their position was normal administration, surprising was the 5th position of the Japanese Hitomi Niiya, born on 26th Feb 1988. Niiya started running marathon when was still junior (2:31:01 in 2007), and followed this project till 2009, when ran in Nagoya 2:30:58. But so young decided to have some satisfaction on track, before moving for marathon like full specislist.
Last year, she ran her PB in 5000m (15:10.20) and ran 30:59 in 10000m, both during Olympic Games, showing great ability to perform very well in top championships. Today she was in front without being conditioned by the athletes following her, and finished with 30:56.70, new Personal best.
Shalane Flanagan and Jordan Hasay didn’t perform well, but, in my opinion, the reasons are very different.
About Shalane, probably the age (32 years), the long career, and the fact she now looks at marathon, made her less strong than in the past on track.
She was able to maintain an even pace, but not to reply when Niiya increased, only a little, the speed.
The Personal bests of Shalane on track date back to 2007 (5000m in 14:44.80, also if still in 2011 she ran 14:45.20) and 2008 (30:22.22 for the Olympic bronze medal). She lost part of her speed, and was in better shape at the beginning of the season (31:04.85 at the end of March in Stanford). Also, she probably paid a little bit her performance of Trials (31:43.20 on 20th June in very hot and humid conditions), and after this her training was not perfect.
About Jordan Hasay, I think her approach to WCh was completely wrong, if we consider all the competitions she ran from the beginning of the season :
3 times 1500m, 1 time Mile, 3 times 3000m, 5 times 5000m and 6 times 10000m (including Moscow). This is not the best system for peaking in August, also if I understand at the beginning of the season there were still problems with the College, so this championships must be considered occasion for a new experience, instead giving some pressure for results clearly out of her current possibilities.
Like yesterday, here there are the splits per kms :
1000m : 3:07.57 3:07.57 Flanagan
2000m : 6:13.92 3:06.35 Flanagan
3000m : 9:20.85 3:06.83 Flanagan
4000m : 12:26.25 3:05.40 Niiya
5000m : 15:30.38 3:04.13 Niiya
6000m : 18:35.06 3:04.68 Niiya
7000m : 21:42.62 3:07.56 Niiya
8000m : 24:48.66 3:06.04 Niiya
9000m : 27:54.12 3:06.06 Niiya
10000m : 30:43.35 2:49.23 Dibaba
TOPIC OF THE DAY
Four Olympic Champions for the finals of the 2nd day : Tirunesh Dibaba (10000m W), Usain Bolt (100m), Britney Reese (Long Jump W) and Ashton Eaton (Decathlon).
Like yesterday with Mo Farah, all were able to confirm their Gold Medal.
Usain Bolt was the most expected athlete of the Championships. His shape is not really at the same level of two years ago or last year, but his leaderships is not still in discussion. In front of the best Justyn Gatlin ever, running under heavy rain with little wind against, his 9.77 is the demonstration he can be the best for long time yet, till when can have the motivation of hard training.
Also in the past, after heavy seasons, Usain took some long period completely without training. The fact is that, going ahead with the age, and facing some physical problem, every time he remains without training for long periods coming back at the same level becomes more difficult.
Britney Reese continues to win every Championships, outdoor and indoor, such as Olympic Games, and without any doubt can be considered one of the most competitive specialists all time. Her technique is not really good, and after the last position in qualification she seemed to be out of shape. Instead, when was able to collect all the mental concentration for the first jump in the final, immediately closed the competition, also if in the future the Nigerian Okagbare, sprinter able to run 10.79, can become the number one improving only a little bit her technique, very naïve.
Ashton Eaton didn’t have the same approach with training of last year, and also had some problem in one tendon that obliged to cut his technical training for Long Jump and High Jump. In these two events Ashton lost a lot of points (from 8.21 to 7.72, from 2.05 to 1.93), but in the other 8 events was able to put together more points than what he did during his WR, also if this time didn’t push running 1500m.For that reason, I think next year, in a meeting like Goetzis, without any Championship, he can try to better his WR, and the possibility to reach 9200 points is real.