Hengelo, The Netherlands – The 25th edition of the Thales FBK Games, named in honour of Fanny Blankers-Koen, produced four world season bests on Saturday (26) to highlight the Dutch stop of the IAAF World Athletics Tour 2007.
Sileshi prevails in fast 10,000m while Gebrselassie still displays sub-27:00 form
Hengelo is always good for fast times in the longer distances. The conditions were very good – 16-18 degrees C. with little wind – and the runners took full advantage. Sileshi Shihine clocked 26:48:73 to win the 10.000m, out-sprinting Kenyans Eliud Kipchoge (26:49:02) and Moses Mosop (26:49:55).
But also impressive was the one-time surprise comeback to the track for Haile Gebrselassie. “Mr. Hengelo”, as he is nicknamed in The Netherlands, finished fifth in the fast race in which he manged to stay with the leaders until the final 300 metres. Gebrselassie clocked an impressive 26:52:81. For the Ethiopian runners in the field this race was a selection for the World Championships to be held in Osaka in late August.