by Brett Larner
Japan-based Africans Gideon Ngatuny (Kenya/Team Nissin Shokuhin) and Yacob Jarso (Ethiopia/Team Honda) had their first meeting outside the country when they ran the FBK Games 5000 m in Hengelo, the Netherlands, on June 1. Ethiopian Ali Abdosh won in a world-leading 12:59.56 with Kenyan greats Augustine Choge, Eliud Kipchoge and Edwin Soi in a tight pack close behind, but neither Ngatuny nor Jarso could make a dent in the field. Ngatuny ran a season-best 13:12.02, just 0.41 seconds off his best and beating Jarso for the first time this season but well back from the top in 11th place. Ethiopian 3000 mSC national record holder Jarso's time of 13:21.79 was 2 1/2 seconds off his two week-old PB but good enough only for 15th.
Complete results for the FBK Games 5000 m and other events are available here.
(c) 2009 Brett Larner
all rights reserved