BEKELE ISN’T A DROP-OUT

Athletics Weekly - - News - Ja­son Hen­der­son, ed­i­tor

HAVE you ever dropped out of a race? Some­times it’s okay. An in­jury might flare up, or you might start feel­ing sick. Maybe it’s the early stages of a marathon, things aren’t go­ing well and it’s wise to pull out so you can live to fight an­other day.

Gen­er­ally, though, it’s frowned upon. Dis­tance run­ners are masochists by na­ture and step­ping off the course is of­ten seen as the ul­ti­mate sym­bol of de­feat. Given this, pride of­ten forces many to bat­tle to the fin­ish, even when things aren’t go­ing well.

Ke­nenisa Bekele had no such qualms about pulling out of last week­end’s TCS Am­s­ter­dam Marathon. Once vic­tory was out of reach, he walked off the course de­spite be­ing in­side the fi­nal mile (see Re­sults, p40).

They say quit­ters never win and win­ners never quit, but Bekele has ar­guably earned the right to break one of the sport’s car­di­nal sins. As world 5000m and 10,000m record-holder, af­ter all, he’s ar­guably the great­est dis­tance run­ner in his­tory.

DROP­PING out was cer­tainly not on the minds of Eil­ish McCol­gan and Chris Thomp­son as they stormed to vic­tory in the Sim­ply­health Great South Run last week­end (see p14-19).

If Thomp­son holds his form for a few more days, he could be ready for some­thing spe­cial at the TCS New York City Marathon, while McCol­gan could one day chal­lenge her mum’s PB of 2:26:52.

THE awards sea­son is upon us and it’s time to re­flect on what a fan­tas­tic year it’s been.

This week the Bri­tish Ath­let­ics Sup­port­ers’ Club named some of their stars of the sea­son while the

IAAF has opened their ath­letes of the year process

(News, p6-7).

Vot­ing for the most im­por­tant end-of-sea­son awards is launched in next week’s mag­a­zine, though, when we in­vite you, the read­ers of AW, to give us your opin­ion on the top per­form­ers of 2018.

Above: Ke­nenisa Bekele (Mark Shear­man)

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