my picks geb wins the mens race in 20540 and in the womens race a new star is born as bezunesh bekele nicknamed china books her olympic spot by upsetting berhane adere and lornah kiplagat and winning in 21959. go bezunesh.
When was the last time someone set a wr in two consecutive races longer then 800 meters. That would be pretty impressive. I remember Kipketer doing it indoors at the world champs, But this is a whole different ball of wax.
highjumpfan wrote:When was the last time someone set a wr in two consecutive races longer then 800 meters. That would be pretty impressive. I remember Kipketer doing it indoors at the world champs, But this is a whole different ball of wax.
Edit: I took the "two consecutive WR's" to mean two back to back races over any distance where both were a WR, as opposed to running consecutive WR's in the same distance (which other people interpreted as). Assuming Wanjiru's 58:53 was accepted, he would probably be the last one to do the back-to-back same distance WR double.
Haile himself did it back in 1998:
26:22.75 - 10000m - Hengelo - June 01
12:39.36 - 5000m - Helsinki - June 13
And Defar did it this past summer:
9:10.47 - 2Mile - Adidas Classic - May 20
14:16.63 - 5000m - Oslo - June 15
Also in 2007, Samuel Wanjiru ran two consecutive WR's with his 58:53 in February (half-marathon) and then ran 58:33 the following month. No races in the middle. Though I thought I read that his 58:53 may not have been ratified?
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Hi Jon, knowing you over the years (how are you going by the way? ) I can trust your rumours, still makes no sense to me, but if we try to find some logic in it we could come up with something I believe.
Let's hope Gebre does a WR, I doubt it though, but it will please me immensely.