Bekele wins the Olympic 10K

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I caught the last 15 minutes of the men's Olympic 10K final today. I wanted to watch the whole thing, but I had to go to a friend's house and they didn't give us any warning, so I missed the first ten minutes. [*]. Anyway, the race was fairly slow (yeah, yeah, I know, it's a bit odd to call sub 4:30 miles slow), but it looked to me like the athletes were holding back for a big kick in the last few laps. At the bell lap, WR holder Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) and Sileshi Sihini (ETH) made an incredible surge, leaving the rest of the field behind, and eventually Bekele put a full second on the rest of the field. Haile Gebrselassie, probably the greatest long distance runner of the past 25 years, if not of all time, had kept with the pack up to this point but just couldn't seem to stick with the break. [Gebrselassie used to hold the 10K WR, and has since moved up to the marathon but didn't compete there in Beijing because of concerns over pollution.] The winning time was 27:01.17, which is fairly far off the WR pace.

BTW, it's not clear to me that MS has done themselves any favors by having NBC serve video exclusively via Silverlight. I'm not saying it's MS's fault, but watching video at 2 frames per second isn't exactly a great advertisement for their technology.

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