Sunday, August 17, 2008

NBC finally gets it right

I've been yelling about this subject for years, and I was just sure that NBC was going to screw the pooch on it...again, when I watched the men's 10,000 meter final just a short while ago.

I knew it'd be a great race, as the last three gold medals had been from two Ethiopians, in Haile Gebreselassie and Kenesia Bekele, along with Zersenay Tadese of Eritrea, the latest force to be reckoned with, especially at the Word Cross Country Championships.

I was somewhat amazed at the final times, as Bekele bested his own Olympic record (and an absolutely blistering 53 second last lap!), and narrowly missed breaking the 27 minute mark in the process, with a time of 27:01.17. Geb was out of the medals, in sixth place, but finished in 27:06.68, which is better than his then Olympic record of 27:07.34. So much for the "Old Man" being out of shape for the 10, as some had claimed. Truly amazing.

The silver went to countryman Sileshi Sihine, and the bronze to Micah Kogo of Kenya, with Tadese out of the medals, finishing fifth behind Moses Masai of Kenya.

Piss on the 100, I'd much rather watch more marathoning and 10K track races.

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