World record holder Samson Kimombwa of Kenya effortlessly won the 10,000 metres at the Ivo Van Memorial Athletics meeting in Brussels on Wednesday (17th August).
World record holder Samson Kimombwa of Kenya effortlessly won the 10,000 metres at the Ivo Van Memorial Athletics meeting in Brussels on Wednesday (17th August). Kimombwa's time of 28 minutes 26.1 seconds was well below the world record of 27 minutes 30.5 seconds he set in Helsinki last June. But it was ten seconds faster than Marcus Ryffel of Switzerland, who came second to him in Brussels' Heysel Stadium. In his heat of the 800 metres, Mike Boit of Kenya won easily from Mark Envaert of the United States in 1 minute 45.2 seconds.
THE MEETING, WHICH ATTRACTED MANY OF THE WORLD'S FINEST ATHLETES, WAS A TRIBUTE TO IVO VAN DAMME, THE BELGIAN WHO WAS KILLED IN A CAR CRASH LAST DECEMBER. HE WON SILVER MEDALS IN THE 800 and 1,500 METRES AT THE MONTREAL OLYMPIC GAMES.
SYNOPSIS: Start of the 10,000 metres with Kimombwa, as usual, trailing at the very rear of the field in the early stages. With 25 laps to cover, the powerful Kenyan is usually content to allow others to tire themselves by setting the pace.
twelve laps later, half way through the race, Kimombwa's tactical scheme is working well for him. He's moved up to fifth place from where he can begin to harass the leaders when he chooses to do so.
The bell for the final lap. But this time the world champion has cruised so far out in front he's in complete control. Kimombwa bolts down the finishing straight as unruffled as if winding up a training RUN. Far behind him in second and third places are Marcus Ryffel of Switzerland and Frank Grillaert of Belgium. Experts had predicted that the world 5,000 metres holder dick Quax of New Zealand would test Kimombwa in this race. But Quax was weakened by jet-lag and finished fifth.
There were two heats of the men's 800 metres, Mike Boit of Kenya is favourite in this heat and likely to be greatly helped by two Kenyan team-mates, Samuel Kipkurgat and Daniel Omwanza.
At the start of the second and final lap. Boit is lying second, running easily and poised to hit the lead.
Sure enough, the big Kenyan is not caught or seriously threatened. He finishes one second ahead of Mark Envaert of the United States with Sebastian Coe of Britain a stride or two behind in third place.