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EthioTube Sports - Ethiopian Athletics Federation names Marathon Team for Rio Olympics | June 2016

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EthioTube Sports - Ethiopian Athletics Federation names Marathon Team for Rio Olympics | June 2016

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commenter - 1572 days ago
ye-merkato guragays can do better JOB in counting than you HODAM DEDEB bandaS.
commenter - 1575 days ago
We wonder why over the decades we lost out to Kenyans, not because of shortage of good athletes, it is the exact selection process that the officials sit around table demolish the hope of hardworking athletes who do the training twice a day early mornings while fat ass officials are in warm bed cuddling their wives. I am sorry but counting numbers anybody can do it, let retired professional athletes make contribution into selection process based on knowledge in the field, not by bureaucrats sitting around table adding up numbers using calculation device, it is not right, it is not fair. For me personally, I don't care what anybody else think, Kenenisa must be part of it, I am privileged watching him winning over the years, as Ethiopian I am entitled to my feeling.
commenter - 1576 days ago
Renato Canova, the best Marathon coach in the world says this about the marathon selection-

I had infos from some Ethiopian coach that Ethiopian Federation gave a strange system of points, giving some point to the Major, less points to other marathons (fo example Dubai or Hamburg). Other versions were they looked for the best times, like in the past. The fact two versions existed clearly shows that the criteria were not clear, and the confusion was at the base of the final selection.

Technically speaking, two athletes were the top in the beginning of the season : Tesfaye Abera, winning both marathon in Dubai (22 Jan) with 2:04:24, and in Hamburg (17 Apr) with 2:06:58, and Hayle Lemi Berhanu, second in Dubai with 2:04:33 and winner of Boston (18 Apr) in 2:12:45.

These two athletes are very strong, and have two of the best coaches in Ethiopia : Getaneh Tessema (Abera) and Gemedu Degefo (Lemi).

However, Olympics will be their third seasonal marathon, and, for personal experience, to prepare Olympics at 100% of shape after running 2 fast marathon in the last 8 months is very difficult (in the past, all the athletes running Dubai and then another marathon in spring who went to WCh or Olympics never wereable to compete well).

But to chose Feysa Lilesa as number 3, compared with Kenenisa, is of sure the demonstration that Ethiopian selectors look at beaurocracy and administrative rules instead at technical reasons.

Lilesa has a PB of 2:04:52 when won Chicago in 2012, 4 years ago. His second best performance is 2:05:23 when was 4th in Rotterdam 6 years ago. His results in the last two years are nothing of special : 2:06:35 in Dubai in 2015 (4th position) and 2:06:57 in Berlin, always in 2015 (3rd position), in very fast mrathon. This year he won Tokyo in 2:06:56, and this clearly shows that he is a consistant runner in the area 2:06 - 2:07.

But is Ethiopia wants to win Olympics, doesn't need a consistant runner around 2:06 - 2:07, but a real "crack" who can fight with Eliud Kipchoge and Stanley Biwott. The only athlete with this ability is Kenenisa.

I know exactly what he did in training before London : there is no athlete in the World (included Kipchoge) who can run 2:06:36 with so little training, and in the way he did, witn the first 30 km in 1:27:25 at the pace of WR.

A Kenenisa more tranquil,with a split of 1:28:30 at 30 km, already had the possibility to run well under 2:05 in London, smething all the other Ethiopian could not do. It's not crazy to think Kenenisa, with the full preparation without big injuries till Rio, could be the ONLY athlete able to challenge Kipchoge for Gold.

Th fact is Ethiopian Federation never had any technical analysis while selecting teams for Olympics, also in the past. I remember when, in 2012, they selected Dino Sefir (at that time working with my programmes) because he ran in Dubai 2:04:50, also if myself told to the Federation he was not ready and Dubai gave 2-3 minutes of advantage compared with London, and the London winner, Tsegaye Kebede (at that time of of the most competitive runners in tough marathons), had to watch Olympics in TV (everybody knows what the Ethiopian athletes did : no one finished the race !

Read more: http://www.letsrun.com/forum/flat_read.php?thread=7336529#ixzz4AdlOa6Zr
commenter - 1577 days ago
This selection process is similar to marking matric exams, but it doesn't work that way because some athletes don't perform in big events like Olympic. Other than counting points there should be consideration overall performance of an athlete capability including psychological fitness.
commenter - 1577 days ago
THE TALENTED GOLDEN ATHLETS OF OROMO WILL BRING GOLD TO OUR COUNTRY EMAMA ETHIOPIA SOON.I AM PROUD OF YOU JEGNOCHE.I LOVE YOU ALL BERTU.............BERTUUUUUUU............BERTUUUUUUUUUU.
commenter - 1577 days ago
how come no shermuta kinteram ye-duket leboche tigray agameoche are not in the selections????????kikikikiki.........hehehehe.tigray agames can not RUN.KULA RAS TIGRAY AGAMES RUN FAST ONLY IF THEY SEE ANBETA IN THE STADIUM FOOD.........FOOOOD......FOOOOD.HEHEHE
commenter - 1577 days ago
This is why our athletes run for other countries. I saw an athlete called Hayle running for Azerbaijan, Ms Jamal used to run for Qatar, Ms Legese used to run for Turkey, Bekele runs for Spain, for Sweden, for Belgium, for Poland, our athletes scattered allover the world partly because of corrupt athletics federation. People don't realize that how many medals we lost over the decades because of stupid selection processes.
commenter - 1577 days ago
This is why our athletes run for other countries. I saw an athlete called Hayle running for Azerbaijan, Ms Jamal used to run for Qatar, Ms Legese used to run for Turkey, Bekele runs for Spain, for Sweden, for Belgium, for Poland, our athletes scattered allover the world party because of corrupt athletics federation. People don't realize that how many medals we lost over the decades because of stupid selection processes.
commenter - 1578 days ago
It is unfortunate Kenenissa is not selected. Although he had some injuries in the past, he is back to his optimum potential as demonstrated recently in London and Manchester. I don't understand how one can drop such a huge talent. He is a confirmed winner time and again. He is a very hard working athlete who has got the determination and proved capacity to finish first. I think now specially he wants to win the marathon gold, and I believe he can do it. It is really sad. It looks they made up some point system to exclude him deliberately. May be there is another reason why.

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