by Brett Larner
The girls' and boys' 3000 m finals will be broadcast live on the 2010 Youth Olympic Games' outstanding website on Aug. 22. Throughout the Singapore Games the website has offered a glimpse of how coverage of an international championship event should be: eight online channels offering a range of different sports, many of which never make mainstream television coverage otherwise, as well as a selection of events available on demand and a ninth channel with news and highlights. All for free. No doubt this indicates a lack of interest in purchasing broadcast rights on the part of major broadcasters, but the quality of the Youth Olympics coverage simply illustrates how much the major broadcasters shortchange their viewers during the regular Olympics and other championship events by offering nothing comparable, even on a pay-per-view basis.
The girls' 3000 m final begins at 8:05 p.m. Singapore time, 9:05 p.m. Japan time on Channel 1. Japanese ace Moe Kyuma, holder of the fastest PB and SB in the field, ran a conservative qualification round, finishing 2nd 10 seconds behind Kenyan Gladys Chesir who ran a PB but still finished 7 seconds off Kyuma's SB. If Kyuma is in peak form then Chesir stands little chance of a gold medal. A more likely challenger is Eritrean Samrawit Mengisteab, whose PB and SB is only 1 second off Kyuma's best time this year. She finished only 4th in the qualification round 8 seconds back from Kyuma but may well have been coasting her way through to the final.
Japan will be harder-pressed for a medal in the boys' 3000 m, but Kazuto Nishiike nevertheless has a realistic chance. Ranked 4th going into the qualification round, he ran a PB of 8:13.05 to finish 4th but was only 0.40 seconds behind winner Fekru Jebesa of Ethiopia and only 0.10 out of 3rd. The other medal contenders may outweigh him in credentials but should the final prove tactical Nishiike could luck into the medals. The boys' 3000 m will be broadcast at 8:28 p.m. Singapore time on Channel 1, 9:28 p.m. Japan time.
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