Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Millennail Opportunities: The Defar & Kennenisa Bekele story of Athlectic Prowess of the Millennium

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Displaying the Millennium Banner for Ethiopia:

Dear Patriotic Global Citizens and Friends of Ethiopia.

Meseret Defar & Kennenisa Bekele two female and male atheletes and the Ethiopian Athletes are perhaps the best products that Ethiopia can showcase besides the remains of the oldest human on earth, and the famous Coffee Beans!

It appears that Ethiopia is exporting its Atheletes like Coffee Beans as it is doing with Lucy- Dinkinesh the oldest humanoid remains across museums in North America.

Why are these athletes the best Ambassadors of the Millennium? Atheletics is about human excellence under duress and competitive environment. No technology and no qualitative social advantages on the field. It is sheer human physiology and anatomy at work.

Excelling in athelectics is a beautiful expression of the synergy of physicial and emotional as well as intellectual prowess of humans on the field. It is unique because one is competing against another human being of more or less the same competency under more or less similar environment that is not common in life.

Bekele is an excellent example of how one can overcome personal tragedies both at emotional and physical level when he lost his beloved partners and his challenge in Kenya. He recovered and he won and that is the story that Africans and especially Ethiopians have to take on for the Millennium.

Bravo! Kennenisa! you are an excellent example of endurance and perseverance and an excellent physiology at work. Perhaps that is what is needed in the new Millennium, perseverance, endurance, and the desire to do one's best even under difficult cirucumstances. I wish the sicentists, politicians, the academics and economists as well as the social and spiritual anthropologists of our time will do the same.

May the Lord bless you and your colleagues as you continue to excell in the new Millenium. Here is an excellent story out of Africa or Out of Ethiopia that needs to be appreciated by all!

Source: Sapa-AFP

1. Defar spearheads Ethiopia's medal sweep bid

August 29 2007

Osaka - Olympic champion and world-record holder Meseret Defar produced a powerful sprint finish to spearhead Ethiopia into the 5,000-metre final at the World Athletics Championships on Wednesday.

Defar led an Ethiopian one-two with Meselech Melkamu in the second qualifying heat after teammate Gelete Burika finished fourth in the first heat ahead of the final n Saturday.

In the absence of teammate Tirunesh Dibaba, who abandoned her bid for a third straigth 5 000m title with stomach pain after winning the 10,000m, Defar is leading Ethiopia's campaign to sweep the medals as they did in 2005.

The 23-year-old clocked 15min 10.13sec in a slow race with Melkamu second in 15:10.32 and Kenyan Prisca Jepleting third in 15:11.22.

In the first heat, Ethiopian-born Elvan Abeylegesse, who runs for Turkey and finished second to Dibaba in the 10,000m, came first in 15:06.26 with a Kenyan duo of Vivian Cheruiyot and Sylvia Kibet following home in 15:06.54 each.

Burika timed 15:07.21.

Jessica Augusto of Portugal led Defar's group for the first 4,000 metres before Britain's Joanne Pavey overtook her in the seven-woman front pack.

Defar, who had stayed close in the leader's slipstream, spurted ahead into the back straight on the final lap, leading Melkamu to the finish.

2. Kennenisa excels in Japan

Bekele’s Mombasa nightmare is dispelled

Bekele with a banner displaying the celebration of the Ethiopian Millennium 2000 - based upon their unique calendar - acknowledges his fans in Osaka(Getty Images)
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With the awful memories of his Mombasa debacle no doubt lingering somewhere in the back of his mind Kenenisa Bekele withstood the repeated surges of the man who supplanted him as World Cross Country Champion five months ago to win his third consecutive World 10,000m title.

By no means was this an easy victory however. Many athletes wilted under the oppressive heat and humidity and Zerseney Tadesse of Eritrea, the 2007 World Cross Country and Road Running champion, himself was shut out of the medals after gamely piling on the pressure from the start.

Bekele was both relieved and satisfied with his performance spending more time in the mixed zone talking to media in both English and Amharic, than the 27:05.90 it took him to cover the 25 laps of the Nagai stadium.

“It was very tough, very hard, especially with 3 laps left when I was very tired,” Bekele revealed, his shoulders wrapped in the Ethiopian flag someone had tossed onto the track at the finish. “I told Sileshi to follow the Kenyan athlete because I am very tired I am tired to change the pace with this guy.

After one lap left I picked it up again. It’s not easy to run in this weather, it’s very tough.”

“But, three times, absolutely, I am world champion I am very happy.”

Among the well wishers waiting to see him was his agent Jos Hermens of Global Sports Communications who heaped praise on the athlete.

“Today he was winning with his head, this is totally different from other wins,” Hermens said. “It shows also how strong mentally after Mombasa he is. The time of 27:05 is maybe World record pace in normal weather. It’s fantastic. Sileshi did everything right, Incredible.”

After crossing the finish line Bekele carried not only an Ethiopian flag around the track but also a sign announcing the approaching Ethiopian millennium. A celebration is planned Monday at the Ethiopian embassy in Osaka for both the millennium which begins on 12 September and for Bekele’s gold medal performance. In fact the Ethiopian ambassador to Japan squeezed into the mixed zone to congratulate Bekele on his victory.

World record attempt in Brussels

Hermens has confirmed that Bekele will race in the Brussels Golden League meeting on 14 September. Though he was reluctant to call it a World record attempt he did acknowledge that it was a ‘waste of time’ for Bekele to go to Brussels just to run 26:30. Later in the evening after finishing doping control the 25-year-old admitted he would attempt to beat his World 10,000m record of 26:17.53 on the same track he set it two years ago.

While most athletes arrived in Osaka with plenty of time to acclimatize to the weather conditions Bekele and Sihine flew in from Addis Ababa just two days before the 10,000m final.

“They come late because they think that if they are too long from altitude they lose too many (oxygen carrying) red blood cells,” Hermens explains. “It’s an important thing for them so there is no use to fight it.”

Hermens also revealed that Bekele has got over the grief he experienced at the loss of his fiance Alem Tachele two years ago. He has been socialising more. And he has big plans to build a sports centre just outside Addis.

Recently he acquired a piece of land on which he hopes to build a track and other facilities including a swimming pool. A meeting is scheduled in Brussels, the day after the Golden League meeting there, with construction experts to discuss the project.

Double in Beijing?

At the post event press conference Bekele was asked about a possible 5000m-10,000m double at the Beijing Olympics. He smiled a little.

“After Osaka my big goal is the Beijing Olympics,” Bekele reveals. “Now maybe I can try some World record. I wanted to win in Osaka, I am happy and I will celebrate. I am not sure about (the 5000m- 10,000m double in Beijing) I am not sure.”

“Three years ago I missed being double champion. If I can I would love to try to do that again at the next Olympics but I don’t think it’s necessary for me to decide at this point.”

After spending an hour in doping control Bekele left Nagai Stadium with an Ethiopian team official. Chatting with a reporter as he waited for a bus to take him to the team hotel he was clearly reveling in his success. And so he should. This was a hard fought victory which proved just how tough Kenenisa Bekele really is.

Paul Gains for the IAAF

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