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    Ethiopia announces 2016 Olympic track and field team
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    http://www.iaaf.org/news/news/rio-ol...n-athletics-te

    Kejelcha left off of the men's 5000 meters. Some interesting decisions made by Ethiopia.
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    see "Road To Rio" thread for previous post on subject
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    I think Kenya will "spank" them in the Olympics. I don't see anyone on that roster as a gold medal favorite except Ayana.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TWalsh View Post
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    Kejelcha left off of the men's 5000 meters. Some interesting decisions made by Ethiopia.
    Note in the latest eTN that Kejelcha ran a couple of 5000s in Barcelona, winning in 13:06.24 and 13:11.97, but couldn't impress the selectors enough. He didn't even make alternate, as Jeilan did in 10,000.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tm71 View Post
    I think Kenya will "spank" them in the Olympics. I don't see anyone on that roster as a gold medal favorite except Ayana.
    Not Genzebe? Which Kenyans do you consider gold medal favorites besides Kiprop and Kipchoge?
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    Not Genzebe? Which Kenyans do you consider gold medal favorites besides Kiprop and Kipchoge?
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    Has G dibaba even competed this year ?
    I don't think Kenyans will sweep all the distance events but I think they will win the men's 1500, steeple and marathon, women's 1500 and maybe steeple. They also have very solid gold medal contenders in the men's 800, women's marathon and 10k.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tm71 View Post
    Has G dibaba even competed this year ?
    I don't think Kenyans will sweep all the distance events but I think they will win the men's 1500, steeple and marathon, women's 1500 and maybe steeple. They also have very solid gold medal contenders in the men's 800, women's marathon and 10k.
    Genzebe ran 3:59.xx in Barcelona -- check your latest eTN. She may not be the heavy favorite she was last year, but I wouldn't bet against her; I think it's good she's not doubling. Agree on M 1500, steeple (of course) and marathon. The W SC is going to be a fantastic race assuming Kiyeng, Chebet (Jebet) and Ghribi (always a late-season bloomer) all make the final. I can't see Cheruiyot beating Ayana; she's a better finisher, but Ayana won't wait for the last lap.

    I also wouldn't under-rate the Ethiopians in the M 5000; Gebrhiwet is one of the only men to defeat Mo over the last few years, and Gebremeskel is another finisher.

    Here's hoping the weather will not be too bad for distance running. Historical averages for August 12-21 are 24/18 (75.2/64.4). Local times (24 hr)of finals:
    W 10000 11:10
    M 10000 21:55
    W MAR 9:30
    W SC 10:25
    W 1500 22:30
    M SC 11:50
    W 5000 21:40
    M 1500 21:00
    M 5000 21:30

    Tomorrow's forecast high is 21 (69.8), with these "real feel" temps by the hour:
    9 19
    10 20
    11 21
    12 22
    13 22
    14 20
    15 19
    16 18, then 17 all the way to 23:00.
    Today was considerably hotter (31/87.8), but still getting down to 20/68 "real feel" by 21:00
    This is probably not that meaningful, of course.

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    Last edited by Alan Shank; 07-16-2016 at 09:54 PM. Reason: new info
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    Has there been any fallout from the Jama Aden debacle? Any questions about G-Baba?
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    http://dailyrelay.com/looming-questi...ll-dibaba-run/

    No hard information in there, just speculation. This was from a front-page link.
    I haven't seen any indication that she will not run in Rio.
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    Wasn't Genzebe and some of Aden's other athletes tested after the raid?
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