Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Ethiopian loses shoe but wins race

Ethiopian Dejen Gebremeskel outkicked favoured British runner Mo Farah despite wearing just one shoe to win the men’s 3,000 metres at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix Saturday. Gebremeskel finished in a time of 7:35.37 to hold off Farah, who clocked 7:35.81. The Ethiopian lost his right shoe early in the race but pressed with a finishing burst with one foot shod only in a sock. “It’s really hard to run in one shoe,” Gebremeskel, 21, said afterwards.Dejen Gebremeskel of Ethiopia runs with one shoe during the 3000 m event at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in Boston,Somalia-born Farah, while disappointed with second place, was encouraged by the swift pace in his first race of the year.“Right at the end he came right past me, in a different gear,” Farah said. “I’m quite surprised by the pace.” In the men’s mile, New Zealand’s Nick Willis, the pre-race favourite and the 2008 Olympic silver medallist over 1500m, faded to third. Source (Reuters)
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