Post by Nevada Hoya on Aug 20, 2011 13:14:51 GMT -5
The track and field world championships begin in Korea next week. Andrew Bumbalough finished 4th in the 5000m at the US nationals in June, with the top three being selected to the US worlds team. However, Chris Solinsky, actually a teammate of Bumbi's on the Oregon track club, has suffered an injury, and Andrew will take his place. Congratulations to Bumbi and good luck!!!
Post by Nevada Hoya on Aug 31, 2011 11:50:30 GMT -5
Bumbi is in the 2nd (of two) heat of the 5000m today (or tomorrow, whereever you are). The good news is that it is the 2nd heat and qualifying for the final is based on the 1st five in each heat plus the next five fastest times overall. The runners in the 2nd heat know what they have to run. The bad news is it is a tough heat, but the first one is tough too. He has the 11th fastest seasonal time. Good luck Andrew. 1 883 Elroy Gelant RSA 13:25.09 13:25.09 2 377 Imane Merga ETH 12:54.21 12:53.58 3 809 Jake Robertson NZL 13:22.38 13:22.38 4 644 Eliud Kipchoge KEN 12:55.72 12:46.53 5 1066 Andrew Bumbalough USA 13:16.77 13:16.77 6 374 Abera Kuma ETH 13:00.15 13:00.15 7 169 Gérard Gahungu BDI 8 711 Abdullah Abdulaziz Aljoud KSA 13:24.54 13:24.54 9 554 Alistair Ian Cragg IRL 13:12.21 13:07.10 10 427 Christian Ngningba GAB 11 207 Dejene Regassa BRN 13:24.27 13:24.27 12 637 Kazuya Watanabe JPN 13:23.15 13:23.15 13 1038 Geofrey Kusuro UGA 13:12.32 13:12.32 14 144 Ben St.Lawrence AUS 13:10.08 13:10.08 15 322 Amanuel Mesel ERI 13:16.25 13:16.25 16 936 Sylvain Rukundo RWA 13:41.41 13:41.41 17 670 Seung-Ho Baek KOR 13:58.97 13:42.98 18 1034 Abraham Kiplimo UGA 13:10.40 13:10.40 19 439 Mohamed Farah GBR 12:53.11 12:53.11 20 332 Jesús España ESP 13:04.73 13:04.73 21 102 Rabah Aboud ALG 13:19.00 13:19.00
Post by Nevada Hoya on Sept 1, 2011 13:15:36 GMT -5
Excerpted from flotrack.org
Heat 2-Bumbalough goes for it
Right away the second heat is faster as the group comes through 800 a good 5 seconds ahead of the first heat. There are still time qualifying spots to be had and while no one wants to completely waste an effort this morning, the runners aren’t afraid of rolling up their sleeves and doing some work. Bumbalough spends most of the race towards the back, content to wait and see as he knows the pace is honest enough that there could be an outside chance for the runner that plays his cards right. He continues to wait as the runners pass through 2k in 5:32.6 and 3k in 8:19.3.
With 6 laps to go the field finally starts to string out a bit as Farah shows that he isn’t afraid to do the dirty work even after his exhaustive efforts in the 10,000m. Despite the quickening pace, there are still 17 runners in it with a mile to go, Bumbalough residing at the back of them. With 3 to go, Kiplimo makes a move that appears to do Andrew in for good as he slips off the back. At the next lap though, Bumbalough as if to say “Well I’m here, I’ve got nothing to lose” climbs his way back to the group. At the bell, Bumbalough has found himself in 10th, fighting the good fight out in no man’s land. The pace having lagged between 3k and 4k, Bumbalough must know that his chances are shot; but that’s not why the runner is here. He chooses to compete all the way through the line instead of throwing in the towel, picking off one last runner as he comes home in 9th place.
This race could be run 100 different times and he might only make the final once, if even then. Regardless, the former Hoya fought well and gained some valuable experience he will surely remember as he continues to develop into an international caliber runner.
Post by Nevada Hoya on Sept 1, 2011 13:27:04 GMT -5
Interview with Bumbi. Since he was a last minute replacement, he did not approach the Worlds, as if he were on the team all along. He was in racing and training in Europe, instead of coming back to the US and concentrating on preparing for the Worlds. So he was a bit disappointed that he didn't get into the finals, but he is anxious to get ready for next year, an Olympic year.
Post by Nevada Hoya on Sept 1, 2011 13:33:35 GMT -5
Jenny Simpson of the US is coached by former track coach at GU, Julie Henner Benson, who was also Chris Lukezic's coach, while he was running professional. Jenny won the 1500m at the World's today (or yesterday).