dubai marathon predictions.


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Postby bekeselassie » Thu Jan 17, 2008 11:44 am

But Geb has always been about being a legend like Yifter. He's always been motivated by records and such. While certainly not an arrogant man, he wants to do things others haven't done, and he wants to make history. How many times have we heard that from him?

I'm not questioning Jon's reliability. I'm just processing this in light of what we know of Haile the athlete. Mere months away from the OG, he's run the marathon faster than a human ever has, and he's in great shape. Why now?
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Postby SQUACKEE » Thu Jan 17, 2008 11:49 am

bekeselassie wrote:But Geb has always been about being a legend like Yifter. He's always been motivated by records and such. While certainly not an arrogant man, he wants to do things others haven't done, and he wants to make history. How many times have we heard that from him?

I'm not questioning Jon's reliability. I'm just processing this in light of what we know of Haile the athlete. Mere months away from the OG, he's run the marathon faster than a human ever has, and he's in great shape. Why now?


I agree Bek, it makes no sense to anyone who has read Gebs words. The only thing i can think of is Bek droping out of the heat at world x and the thought of Geb running an Olympic effort in a 100 degree smog alert doesnt sound fun.
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Postby bekeselassie » Thu Jan 17, 2008 11:53 am

Yeah, well, nothing Geb has ever done sounds fun to me! :wink:
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Postby gh » Thu Jan 17, 2008 12:23 pm

My prediction (cheating by not being specific!) would only be that he won't break 2:05.
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Postby bekeselassie » Thu Jan 17, 2008 12:35 pm

gh wrote:My prediction (cheating by not being specific!) would only be that he won't break 2:05.


Dude . . . get back to work! :x
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Postby Jnathletics » Thu Jan 17, 2008 1:45 pm

bekeselassie wrote:
Jon wrote:There are rumours in Ethiopia suggesting Haile might retire after the Dubai marathon. Don't know how reliable they are...


How could someone of Haile's mentality not want to contest the Games this year? :?


One word "Pollution". From all reports Beijing doesn't sound very condusive for distance runners, let alone the marathon. And for someone who has had two legendary wins in the Olympics, would he want to risk a DNF?

I'm guessing that 08 will really be a home field advantage for the Chinese in the marathon.
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Postby doug091463 » Thu Jan 17, 2008 2:18 pm

the rumor i heard most recently was that geb wants to compete at least through the 2012 olympics in london, and he may run the 10k in the beijing olympics INSTEAD of the marathon.
source, article in todays runnersweb.
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Postby gh » Thu Jan 17, 2008 2:40 pm

Jon wrote:There are rumours in Ethiopia suggesting Haile might retire after the Dubai marathon. Don't know how reliable they are...


We hear from Dubai that he's planning on heading to Beijing next month to scope out the course.
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Postby REngelhardt » Thu Jan 17, 2008 2:48 pm

".... he may run the 10k in the beijing olympics INSTEAD of the marathon."

He’ll have to make the 10000m team first. 2007 Ethiopia Top-10 10000m:

26:46.19 Kenenisa Bekele Bruxelles 14 09 2007
26:48.73 Sileshi Sihine Hengelo 26 05 2007
26:52.33 Gebre-egziabher Gebremariam Hengelo 26 05 2007
26:52.81 Haile Gebrselassie Hengelo 26 05 2007
27:02.62 Deriba Merga Ejigu Hengelo 26 05 2007
27:04.89 Tadese Tola Neerpelt 02 06 2007
27:04.92 Mohamed Ali Aboosh Hengelo 26 05 2007
27:06.47 Habtamu Fikadu Hengelo 26 05 2007
27:11.93 Eshetu Wondimu Hengelo 26 05 2007
27:15.68 Raji Assefa Hengelo Hengelo 26 05 2007
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Postby Kirsner72 » Thu Jan 17, 2008 3:27 pm

I predict that Geb will pass the pee test.
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Postby joeltetreault » Thu Jan 17, 2008 5:19 pm

Does anyone know a way of watching or listening to the race? If someone can post updates that would be great...
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Postby malmo » Thu Jan 17, 2008 5:34 pm

SQUACKEE wrote:Im not suggesting he's hurting $ wise but theres an old saying, " You can never be [1] too thin or [2] too rich". .


[1] Karen Carpenter
[2] Brittny Spears, Dennis Rodman, Wesley Snipes, Mike Tyson, Tom Cruise
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Postby bekeselassie » Thu Jan 17, 2008 6:33 pm

doug091463 wrote:the rumor i heard most recently was that geb wants to compete at least through the 2012 olympics in london, and he may run the 10k in the beijing olympics INSTEAD of the marathon.
source, article in todays runnersweb.


No chance. Geb is smarter than that. As great as he is, he knows he can't beat Bekele. And Geb won't run for silver. To win 2 10K golds and a marathon gold would make him truly unique as an Olympian.

Geb will run the Olympic marathon. There's absolutely nothing else for him to accomplish except this one thing.
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Postby SQUACKEE » Thu Jan 17, 2008 6:34 pm

malmo wrote:
SQUACKEE wrote:Im not suggesting he's hurting $ wise but theres an old saying, " You can never be [1] too thin or [2] too rich". .


[1] Karen Carpenter
[2] Brittny Spears, Dennis Rodman, Wesley Snipes, Mike Tyson, Tom Cruise


You contrarian gutter snipe! :D I have no idea what that is..... but its you. 8)
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