Imane Merga, photo by PhotoRun.net (Campaccio 2012)
Imane Merga is one of the toughest distance runners in global athletics. Possessing a wicked kick and very good left upper hook, perhaps Mr. Merga should have considered American ice hockey or Australian rules football.
Mr. Merga clearly won the first IAAF Cross Country event of the 2012-2013 year, in Burgos, Spain, at the ninth Attapuerca Cross on November 11. Several keen observers have told this writer, that distance running is not ballet, and that there are no points great form. Running against Mr. Merga means that one will be challenged throughout the course: he does not give up.