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Selemon Barega wins 10,000m gold at the Tokyo Olympics despite Uganda’s tactical approach

Barega moved to the entrance of the lead pack with 400 meters to go and kicked clear in the closing levels, ending in a time of 27:43.22 forward of Ugandan duo Joshua Cheptegei and Jacob Kiplimo.

Held in the just about empty environment of Tokyo’s 68,000-seat Olympic Stadium, most of the noise in the area got here from the announcers and the music that blared from the audio system, offering a considerably surreal soundtrack to proceedings.

The race, too, was a wierd affair, with Uganda’s Stephen Kissa storming into an enormous early lead earlier than dropping out with 9 laps to go.

“It was a sacrifice for the workforce. We had a plan for me to go forward to make it a quick race,” Kissa later defined to reporters.

“I assumed they (Cheptegei and Kiplimo) have been going to observe me however once I regarded spherical they weren’t there … We have been planning for the gold however sadly we’ve a silver and bronze. But I’m joyful. We have two medals. Maybe subsequent time another person will sacrifice themselves for me.”

Kissa ran most of the race on his own before pulling out.
Chegtegei, who set the 10,000m world record in Valencia last year, ultimately completed second in 27:43.63. Kiplimo was third in 27:43.88.

With temperatures above 30 levels Celsius and the humidity ranges excessive in the stadium, any possibilities of a quick time evaporated all through the race, despite Kissa’s greatest efforts.

The 21-year-old Barega, whose successful time was over a minute and a half slower than Cheptegei’s world report, now joins a prestigious record of Ethiopian runners to win Olympic gold in the 10,000m, notably Kenenisa Bekele and Haile Gebrselassie.

Between these three, Ethiopia has received six of the final eight 10,000m titles at the Olympics, with the different two going to Great Britain’s Mo Farah.

“It’s very well-known that we’ve been winners for the 10,000m competitors,” Barega advised reporters.

“Since Kenenisa received final time (at the 2008 Beijing Olympics), we’ve been unable to attain a gold medal. I really feel actually proud to be a part of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.”

Barega finishes ahead of Cheptegei and Kiplimo.

Barega’s earlier greatest results of his profession was a silver medal in the 5,000m at the 2019 World Athletics Championships.

The race settled down after Kissa’s withdrawal, and with 4 laps to go there was a closely-bunched group of 15 runners nonetheless in rivalry.

That thinned to about eight at the bell, at which level Barega surged to the entrance and noticed off challenges from Cheptegei and Kiplimo.

Further again in the discipline, there have been dramatic scenes as Australia’s Patrick Tiernan, who had stored tempo with the race leaders till the last lap, swerved and collapsed out of exhaustion on the house straight.

Amazingly, he managed to select himself up and crossed the line in a time of 28:35.06.

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