An appreciation of Sileshi Sihine


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An appreciation of Sileshi Sihine

Postby Alan Shank » Tue Aug 06, 2013 1:07 pm

Not only is he married to Tirunesh Dibaba, possibly the greatest-ever female distance runner, but has had a great career of his own, mining enough silver to start his own mine! >:-)

Some of his accomplishments:
Two Olympic silver medals in the 10,000, 2004 and 2008
Four World Championship silver medals, 2005 5 and 10, 2007 10 and 2006 Long-Course Cross Country
Two World Championship bronze medals, 2003 10,000 and 2004 CC (long)
4th in 2004 World Half-Marathon Championships
World Junior Championships silver in 10,000 2002
Four Ethiopian national titles
Six sub-27 10Ks on track
Four sub-13 5Ks on track
A sub-7:30 3K on track
A 61:14 1/2 marathon
A sub-60 20K
A sub-42 15K
26:56.265 average of 10-best 10,000 meter races
13:00.114 average of 10-best 5000 meter races

Of course, if it hadn't been for one Kenenisa Bekele, most of those silvers would have been golds!

Per IAAF scoring tables, he has:

3000 7:29.92 -- 1240 points (28th all-time performer)
5000 12:47.04 -- 1258 points (6th all-timer performer)
10000 26:39.69 -- 1259 points (11th all-time performer)
total of 3757
(I don't find a 1500 time for him.)

Sihine missed the 2009 WC, finished 8th in 2011 10K, and did not make the Ethiopian team last year, despite running 13:01.39 and 27:03.65. I don't find any marks for him for this year, so perhaps he has retired.

Quite a runner!
Cheers,
Alan Shank
Woodland, CA, USA
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Re: An appreciation of Sileshi Sihine

Postby Bruce Kritzler » Tue Aug 06, 2013 2:23 pm

...or preparing for marathon debut along with his wife ?
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Re: An appreciation of Sileshi Sihine

Postby TN1965 » Tue Aug 06, 2013 2:33 pm

Bruce Kritzler wrote:...or preparing for marathon debut along with his wife ?


DNF at Amsterdam Marathon 2011. So it won't be a "debut" for him.
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Re: An appreciation of Sileshi Sihine

Postby Master Po » Tue Aug 06, 2013 7:21 pm

Nice writeup on him, Alan. Thanks. Sihine has had an incredibly active and successful career (so far, I would like to add, in the hopes that he's not done). Amazing that so accomplished an athlete could sort of get lost in the mix of Ethiopian greats, but he ran behind Gebrselassie for part of his career, and then Bekele. Apart from the overall list of accomplishments itself, I think the most impressive stat is the average of his 10 fastest 10k races -- 26:56. Amazing. :)
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Re: An appreciation of Sileshi Sihine

Postby Fortius19 » Thu Aug 08, 2013 11:18 am

Nice write up! I don't think there's been another athlete that has taken second to the same winner as many times (at major Champs).

Four(!) Silvers in Major Champs 10K to KB ('04, '05, '07, '08). Plus, his bronze 10K in '03 was won by KB too.
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Re: An appreciation of Sileshi Sihine

Postby JumboElliott » Tue Aug 13, 2013 4:53 pm

I hope they have kids.
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