All three Ethiopian marathon runners did not finish the race
Ethiopian men athletes continued their poor form at London Olympics as they once again flattered in the men’s marathon competition. The men’s shaky result is a clear sign that the athletics federation should evaluate its selection criteria as well as the development of young athletes in the long distance races. Considering the fact that all the Gold medals were won by female athletes in the long distance races that the country is known for it seems there is a problem in the men’s side of the team.
In his commentary, the proficient Haile Gebreselassie also voiced his disappointment in the team selection by the athletics federation. All the three athletes started the race comfortably in a warm London morning but started to fade away slowly leaving only Ayele Abshiro at the leading pack. Though he had a fast time at the Dubai marathon, the relatively inexperienced Ayele also started to drift from the leading pack and was out of sight from the race. The front pack narrowed to two Kenyans Abel Kirui and Wilson Kiprotich and one Ugandian Stephen Kiprotich. After recovering from some signs of weakness, Stephan overtook the two Kenyans to win the Gold medal for Uganda. Stephan will receive the second ever Gold medal for his country in a grand style at the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics tonight.
The Ethiopian men athletes showed a poor form in tactics at the 5000m and 10000m track races looking unable to read the race and find comfortable positions at the end of the races. The once famous team work was also absent in this Olympics and it was apparent that 10000m competition needs competent athletes in both men and women.