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Monday, October 12, 2009

8K Recovery Run - Tadese Wins. Again

I did 8K recovery run on the grass yesterday. It went pretty well. I did strides for 10 mins. I have some slight discomfort below my calves meaning to me, at least, that there are some muscles that I recruited yesterday.
I want to defy my aching knees and do a 12K tempo run today.
Meanwhile, as Wanjiru was winning the WMM and the Chicago Marathon, Tadese, was getting Christened a man for all surfaces after winning the World Half Marathon championship held in Birmingham.

Iaaf.org write that "Zersenay Tadese succeeded today where the great Haile Gebrselassie failed and where that other legendary Ethiopian, Kenenisa Bekele, has yet to tread.

Tadese’s victory in the IAAF/EDF Energy World Half Marathon Championships completed a marvellous year for Tadese. Three World Championship medals in one year on three different surfaces is a feat performed previously by only one athlete, Kenya’s Paul Tergat in 1999.

Gebrselassie, World Half Marathon champion in 2001 and four-time World 10,000m champion on the track, gave up trying in cross country after four failed attempts at an individual medal. Bekele, winner of 11 senior World Cross Country titles and four at 10,000m, has yet to make his debut at the half marathon distance and test himself in a world road running championship.

Prior to today, Tadese had finished third in the 2009 World Cross Country Championships, in Amman, Jordan, and runner-up over 10,000m at the 2009 World Athletics Championships, in Berlin. His runaway win this morning, in 59:35, gave him his fourth successive world road running title and he does not intend to stop there.


Having become the first athlete of either sex to win four world road running titles, Tadese was asked whether he would be seeking a fifth in Nanning, China, next year. “I will try,” he said. He will also revisit the marathon distance, having dropped out after 35km in his debut at the distance, in the Flora London Marathon, last April."

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