Tirunesh Dibaba, photo by PhotoRun.net
Mo Farah, photo by PhotoRun.net
Three of the most exciting athletes in our sport, are shown here: Aries Merritt, Tirunesh Dibaba, and Mo Farah.
Aries Merritt moved us into hyperspace with his brilliantly hurdled 110 meter race in Brussels last September. 12.80 seconds! And the only man to break a WR by the amount, Renaldo Nehemiah, (first to break 13 seconds), believes that Aries is the only guy who can do it right now.
Tirunesh Dibaba is, in this day, one of the top two distance tacticians in women's athletics. Her 10,000 meters at the London Olympics was nearly a perfect race. Her 5,000 meters, was even more of a surprise, as she was in the fight for gold until the last sixty meters, playing her cards so close to chest that Meseret Defar had to look back twice after she passed Dibaba, to make sure that it had happened!
And then, Mo Farah. What can one say? His 10,000 meters in London had 80,000 screaming fans, out of their minds, as Mo Farah held off all of the best in the world, running a text book race ( from the 1972 Olympics). His 5,000 meters should go down as the best tactical race perhaps ever. Farah willed himself to win that race, he gave every competitor a chance, and they just did not get it. How a man who put so much into that 10,000 meters less than a week before, could hold off men who have run much faster showed why Mo Farah and his team understand tactics!
That fans will be able to see them all in February is pretty special!