The Beijing World began, in the heat – the temperature at the Bird’s Nest track the sun blithely exceeds 30 degrees – and the first gold medal has been awarded. It has awarded to Ghebreslassie. Who, what, how? The little Ethiopian, officially 42 years on the clock, would he decided his shoes back racing sneakers, after announcing his retirement? Seven years after giving up the marathon at the Beijing Games, arguing in pollution, “Haile” Would it change your mind? No. Most observers will notice that the spelling is slightly different and Haile Gebrselassie, quadruple world champion in the 10,000 m and double Olympic champion over the same distance, is not out of retirement. This is a kid of 19 years old and not entirely his namesake, the Eritrean Ghirmay Ghebreslassie, who won Saturday in the modest time of 2 h 12 min 28 s, in a race where it took the 22nd to see a Kenyan competitor bib.
Before the first final evening, Eritrea dominates the ranking of nations. Okay, this should not last long. A priori, the country Ghirmay Ghebreslassie should be up in a few hours counting charms, unless the two representatives of Eritrea present at the 10,000 m final – one of the two final days with female weight – do not create the surprise. But the countries of the Horn of Africa, independent since 1993, can already be proud of having won the first gold medal in its history at Worlds. A few weeks after the equity noticed Daniel Teklehaimanot merhawi kudus and the Tour de France, there has perhaps never heard so much about sports of this small state.
Unlike Ghirmay Ghebreslassie, the second winner of the other major endurance test of the day, the 10,000 m, could be much expected. The Briton Mo Farah, since it is from him that this figure as the arch-race favorite whose departure is scheduled at 14 h 50 French time. For four years, the British Somali truste virtually all securities on distance. Vice world champion in Daegu in 2011, behind the Ethiopian Ibrahim Jellan – missing in Beijing – he has since won the London Games in 2012, the World Championships in Moscow in 2013 and the European Championships in Zurich in 2014. This year, it has the best performance on 10 000 m, with a time of 26 min 50 s 97. Besides that he is also greedy about 5000 m, and it is doing very well of 1500 m marathon.