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Osaka 2007 - HIGHLIGHTS, Day 4
« on: August 28, 2007, 06:23:08 PM »
Osaka, Japan - Simply put, Janeth Jepkosgei ran the race of the championships so far, the standout performance of the fourth day of competition at Nagai Stadium.

The elegant Kenyan tore a page from the Filbert Bayi manual of Front-Running, photocopied it, crumpled the pages into a ball, and bounced them off the heads of her opponents. They didnít have time to peruse the script, they were just trying to keep up. Multiple World champion, Maria Mutola of Mozambique stepped off the track, beaten with 80m to run. The much-vaunted Russians, Olga Kotlyarova and Svetlana Klyuka and inveterate front-runner herself, Sviatlana Usovitch of Belarus never got near; while rank outsiders, Hasna Benhassi of Morocco and Mayte Martinez of Spain picked up the pieces, of silver and bronze. And were glad to do so. Because they ran in the shadow of the bravest of the brave, someone unafraid to run from the front, and win.

Alberto Juantorena, no mean two-lap man himself said he thought that Jepkosgei had run far too fast, with her 1.56.17 in the semis. Big Al was wrong. And no one could say they hadnít been warned, because Jepkosgei gave a repeat performance Ė 26.58 at 200 metres, which would not have disgraced a menís race; 56.16 at 400 metres, slowing to 1.26.19, before maintaining it, but effectively going away from her pursuers to victory in a world leading  time of 1.56.04.

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