Ethiopian Athletes Netsanet Gudeta and Leul Gebresilase Clock World-Leading 10,000m
Ethiopian runners shined on Adidas Boost Athletics Meeting’s 10,000m race by taking five of the top six spots, where Netsanet Gudeta and Leul Gebresilasie ran world-leading times.
The inaugural Adidas Boost meeting in the German town of Herzogenaurach got off to a flying start on Friday (May 13) as Ethiopian duo Netsanet Gudeta and Leul Gebresilasie ran world-leading times over 10,000m.
Held at the Adidas Global Headquarters Campus and spread across two days, it was the first time that the track had been used for a competition.
The women’s 10,000m was the last event of the day and it doubled as one of Ethiopia’s official selection races. German twins Anna and Lisa Hahner, both marathon specialists, led the field through the first 1000m in a steady 3:10.64 before Kenya’s Lydia Wafula took up the pace-making duties, eventually dropping out six laps into the race.
Genet Yalew, the 2011 world junior cross-country silver medalist, was one of four Ethiopian women in the lead pack. Shure Demise, who clocked a world U20 best of 2:20:59 in the marathon last year, was tucked behind Yalew, with Gudeta and Gotytom Gebreslase also running in single file.
Demise, who recently won the Ethiopian 10,000m title, soon started to struggle with the pace. She began to drop back and eventually pulled out.
It left just three women in the lead pack: Gudeta, Yalew and Gebreslase. Gudeta and Yalew took it in turns at the front, exchanging the lead every couple of laps. Gebreslase, meanwhile, remained at the back of the leading trio.
With most of the laps having been covered within 72-74 seconds, half way was passed in 15:27.41. One kilometer later, though, Gebreslase started to drift back, leaving Gudeta and Yalew alone in front.
With fans filling the four outer lanes of the six-lane track down the home straight, Yalew moved into the lead once more with four laps remaining. Netsanet Gudeta, the world cross-country bronze medalist, eased into the lead with 600 meters to go, but Yalew responded as they went through the bell.
Once again, though, Netsanet Gudeta went into the lead at the 200-metre point; this time she refused to surrender her lead and she kicked for home, crossing the line in 30:56.26.
It was just the third time Netsanet Gudeta had contested a 10,000m. She made her debut in Hengelo last year, clocking 31:06.53 to finish sixth, and then failed to finish at the African Games in Brazzaville in September.
Since then, she went on to finish fourth at this year’s IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Cardiff. With today’s victory, she has entered the frame for Olympic selection in the 10,000m.
Yalew was second in a PB of 30:58.26 while Gebreslase took third place in 31:39.73, just six seconds shy of the PB she set three weeks ago.
The men’s race played out in a similar fashion. Geofrey Barusei and Clement Kemboi set the pace during the opening stages, going through 3000m in 8:16.70.
The pace then started to increase between 4000m and 5000m. With the pace makers having completed their duties, the field passed through half way in 13:45.66, suggesting a finish time of about 27:30.