The 21-year-old Ethiopian distance runner Selemon Barega has displayed a remarkable lack of fear throughout his brief professional career.
After bursting onto the worldwide stage as a precocious adolescent, he has never been afraid to challenge the best runners in the world, even after receiving occasional instruction from his elders in major events.
S Barega Olympic Games Tokyo 2020: Men’s 10,000-Meter Finals
The first gold medal in athletics at the Tokyo Olympics was won by him on Friday night (30) in the men’s 10,000 metre race at the Olympic Stadium.
After a spectacular race with of unexpected twists and turns, the winners were world champions in their respective distances: 10,000-meter runner Joshua Cheptegei, silver medalist marathoner Barega, and half-marathon world champion Jacob Kiplimo.
Barega ran the stronger tactical race, getting the start on his Ugandan opponents with a blazing charge 350 metres from the finish line, and it was no secret that Cheptegei, the holder of the world records in the 5000 and 10,000 metre events, intended to succeed Mo Farah as Olympic champion.
He threw himself into the transformation, fleeing as though from a wolf pack. Cheptegei and Kiplimo were only milliseconds too sluggish to react in the suffocating heat and humidity (27 degrees and 80%).
In the final seconds, the two Ugandans came within 50 metres of their goal, but it was too late. Barega crossed the finish line with a record of 27 minutes, 43 seconds, 22 seconds, bringing the championship back to Ethiopia for the first time since 2008. K. Bekele (Kenenisa). In 27 minutes, 43 seconds, Cheptegei finished second, while Kiplimo took third (27:43.88).
S Barega Olympic Games Tokyo 2020: Final Statement
Barega claims he was prepared for a last-ditch effort and was sure he could catch up in the latter stages of the race.
He said, “I was quite confident about myself to win” in races that were only 400 or 200 metres long because he was stressed for time.
He plans on competing in the 5000 and 10,000 metre events in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, just like his great ancestors Haile Gebrselassie and Bekele.
Cheptegei later revealed that he was ripped and that the reason he hadn’t pressed the pace sooner was due to a heel tendon problem he’d had for months. We appreciate your interest in our piece on the S. Barega Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020.