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    Quote Originally Posted by AyZiggy View Post
    I'd just as soon look at recent US high school pole vault record holders, who I doubt ever resided in Canada or Sweden, paid taxes there, etc.
    They have both been citizens of the countries they represent since birth.
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    Kampala is at an elevation of almost 1200 meters (3900'), so the times run are very impressive, more so considering the heat, about 26 degrees (almost 80 F). OTOH, although the distances of the races have been given as 6, 8 and 10 kilos in most results, Athletics Weekly shows them as 142 meters short of those distances. I believe the last lap was 1858 meters, not the full 2K. In the mixed relay, the first lap was supposed to be 2023 meters.

    BTW, there is quite a discrepancy in the splits for the mixed relay. The "race analysis" file for the event shows these splits for Kenya and Ethiopia:

    Ken: 5:19, 6:07, 4:58 and 5:58
    Eth: 5:25, 6:16, 5:22 and 5:27

    However, the stories I've read say that Yomif Kejelcha (Ethiopia's #3) was only 12 seconds behind at the last changeover and that he gained ground on Bernard Koros; if that is true, then Kejelcha ran 4:55 and Genzebe Dibaba ran 5:54, not 5:27. Who knows?

    W U20 champion Letesenbet Gidey just turned 19 a week ago. She was 4th in the World U18 3000 in 2015 (9:04.64) and won the U20 world XC that year also. Last season, she put up an African U20 record in the 5000 in Spain, running 14:45.63 and beating Dera Dida by almost 18 seconds. She did not run in the world U20 meet, her countrywoman Kalkidan Fentie winning in 15:29.64, with Yitayish Mekonene 5th. As I wrote in my "Tidbits" at the time: " Of course, there are other U20 athletes with much better credentials, including Letesenbet Gidey (ETH), who won the world U20 cross country and has a PB of 14:45.63, an African U20 record. She is 11th among Ethiopian women on the "Road to Rio" list!" This is her last year as a "junior", there are no worlds this year for U20s, and she must be considered a longshot to make Ethiopia's WC team.

    U20 Men's champion Jacob Kiplimo, if his birth date is correct, is only sixteen years and four months old! That means he was only fifteen in Bydgoszcz last year when he ran 27:26.68 for the bronze medal, behind a 19-year-old (Rodgers Chumo, 27:25.23) and an 18-year-old (Aron Kifle, 27:26.20). He was 34 seconds ahead of 4th place in that race. He also ran a 5000 in 13:19.54 and 3000 in 7:52.94. He was selected for the Olympic 5000, and ran 13:30.40 for 11th in his heat, so he already had considerable international experience before running away from Kenyans Richard Yator and Amos Kirui in Kampala Sunday. He cut 45 seconds off his time on the same course in the Ugandan trials in January. Unlike Gidey, Kiplimo has an excellent chance to be selected for London, as only Joshua Cheptegei ran faster than Kiplimo last year. Cheptegei, of course, crashed and burned in the Senior race Sunday. He ran 29:02 in January on this course.

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