Thursday, 19 July 2012

[London 2012] Today's question (15)

Today Athletics - track again, same question, one modification:

Who will win the Men's 10000 m event?

If at the same Women event the competition looks to be between Kenya and Ethiopia, much more interesting it looks at the Men's event. Of course, the African athletes are still favorites, but let's see them in detail:

  • Kenenisa Bekele (ETH - photo), an Olympic legend and Olympic and World Record holder at the 5000 and 10000 m (26'17.53"). He won at 10000 m the Olympic Gold medal at Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 (at 5000 he took Silver at Athens and Gold at Beijing). Gold seems to be the medal which best suits him and the World will remember him as one of the greatest of the XXI century. But 2009 was the last year of success for him. At Daegu he didn't finish the 10000 and didn't take the start in the 5000. Is this the end of his career?
  • Tariku Bekele (ETH), Kenenisa's younger brother, is a specialist in 3000 and 5000 more than 10000, but he will for sure make an impact at 10000, too.
  • Wilson Kiprop (KEN) has a PB of 27'01.98" set on the 1st of June 2012 and will be one of the favorites for sure
  • Mo Farah (GBR) is the British favourite at winning this race. He came in second place at Daegu 2011 with 27'14.07", after Jeilan (ETH) who is not present on the official London 10000 m runner's list ( and I assume he won't participate at this event
Worth mentioning are the other Ethiopian runner Gebregziabher Gebremariam, the 3 athletes from Uganda and Moses Masai and Bedan Muchiri from Kenya.
My answer for today is: Mo Farah. I hope there will an European surprise and more than that, a British athlete will take the Gold medal. Go Mo!!

Final: Saturday, 04.08, 9:15 PM GMT

1 comment:

  1. Yes!! Mo Farah did it, supported by the 80000 people of the Olympic Stadium! Go Mo!!! Results:
    1. Mohamed Farah (GBR): 27'30.42"
    2. Galen Rupp (USA): 27'30.90"
    3. Tariku Bekele (ETH): 27'31.43"