Saturday, May 26, 2007

Bekele's Knee Okay, Some World's Bests, Dix Breaks NCAA Record

You might recall that Ethiopia's Kenenisa Bekele has been worried about his strength and a knee injury lately. He may have put those worries to rest with his 8:13.51 win in the 2 mile run at Hengelo, Holland today. Bekele's performance was the 27th fastest of all time, proving that Bekele is healthy again. Other notable performances today in Hengele:

Ethiopia's Gelete Burika ran a world-leading 14:38:18 in the women's 5000m.

Kenya's Paul Kipsiele Koech ran a 8:01:05 in the men's 300m Steeplechase, another world-leading time.

Panama's Irving Saladino tied his world-leading 5.83m mark in the long jump.

Ethiopia's Sileshi Shihine ran a world-leading 26:48:73 in the men's 10000m. In that race, Haile “Mr. Hengelo” Gebrselassie broke 27 minutes to finish in 5th place with a time of 26:52.81. Not bad for a retired guy.

Florida State's Walter Dix arrived on the world stage today at the NCAA East Regional meet in Gainesville, FL, breaking the NCAA record of 19.75 by winning the 200m dash in a time of 19.69. His performance today marks the seventh fastest men's 200m dash of all time. Dix also won the 100m dash in 10.05 and helped his FSU team win the 4x100m in 38.71.

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