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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Molly Huddle realises that it is not 9999M race ~ Mo Farah wins !!!

How would you react when you have everything going and have won almost but a silly error places you out !! ~ this woman has reasons to be unhappy !!!

The 10,000 metres run, longest track event,  is a common long-distance track running event. The event is part of the athletics programme at the Olympic and the World Championships. The 10,000 metres track race is usually distinguished from its road running counterpart, the 10K run, by the referring to the distance in metres, rather than kilometres.  It has been part of Olympics since 1912.  The world record for men is held by Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia in 26:17.53, posted at Brussels, in 2005.  For women, the  record is held by Wang Junxia of China in 29:31.78 in 1993. The race demands exceptional levels of aerobic endurance.

At 15th World Athletic Championship in Beijing, Mo Farah defended his title in the 10,000 meters at the world track and field championships furthering the British distance runner’s legacy as one of the all-time greats, while his training partner, Galen Rupp of the U.S., faded over the final meters to a disappointing fifth place.It was the sixth consecutive gold medal at a global championships for Farah, 32, who completed the feat of double golds in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters at both the 2012 London Olympics and the 2013 World Championships in Moscow. He will seek to do the same here in Beijing, where the heats for the 5,000 meters begin on Wednesday.

In Women’s section, Vivian Cheruiyot of Kenya won the gold medal ahead of Ethiopian Gelete Burka in second place – but more news focus is on Molly Huddle, of US, who currently lives on Rhodes island.

American long distance runner Molly Huddle raised her arms triumphantly in the air as she won a bronze medal in the women's 9,999m race at the IAAF World Championships. The only problem for Huddle was that she had another metre to go. The premature celebration was an embarrassing stuff-up for Huddle, who like all the other athletes in the race has trained her entire life to be where she is.   That runner, Huddle's American teammate, Emily Infeld, took advantage of Huddle's nonchalant finish and just barely slipped past her to claim the bronze medal. Infield was out-of-her-mind happy after winning a bronze that, for the previous 9,999 meters of the race, was not hers to win.

The American runner was competing in the 10,000m final at the Athletics World Championships in Beijing and looked to have secured the bronze medal.With Vivian Cheruiyot of Kenya and Ethiopia's Gelete Burka already over the line, Huddle had third place assured and was so delighted with the result that as she reached the line, she raised her arms in celebration.Only she did it too early, and compatriot Emily Infeld was able to sneak in and take the third place medal.Huddle looked utterly shocked - and furious with herself - before mustering the sportsmanship to congratulate Infeld.

With the medal winners off celebrating, Huddle appeared to be fighting back tears at the Bird's Nest stadium. Infeld's was the first world championship medal for a non-African born runner in the 10,000 meter since her compatriot Kara Goucherin 2007.  In the end it was Emily Infeld (31.43.49), pipping Molly Huddle (31:43.58) on the line.

'In that last half step, I just let up too much,' said a hugely disappointed Huddle. So in a split second, Huddle's celebratory expression changed as shee cringed burying her face in her hands.Huddle said the crowd noise was so loud on the final lap that she couldn't tell who was near her at the end.The 5'5 runner will return home to husband Kurt Benninger, whom she married in 2009, without a medal in this event, looking ahead to a better strategy in Rio.

Kenya's Vivian Cheruiyot won a thrilling last lap sprint to claim the gold medal, capping her comeback season with her second world title in the longest track event.The 31-year-old, who took 2014 off to have a child, hit the front with 300 metres to go and powered her way to victory in 31 minutes, 41.31 seconds to reclaim the title she won as part of a 5,000-10,000 double at the 2011 world championships in Daegu.Ethiopia's Gelete Burka stayed with Cheruiyot when the Kenyan sprinted away on the back straight but could not handle the pace in the final 100 metres and had to settle for silver in 31.41.77.In the absence of Ethiopia's three-times world champion TiruneshDibaba, who has taken the year off to have a child, Cheruiyot's victory kept the title in East Africa for the 10th straight championships.

With regards – S. Sampathkumar

25th Aug 2015.

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