Katir, eighth in 5,000, pays the sin of youth

The appearance of the year was not revealed in Tokyo. It usually happens with the appearances. The realities need more time. Mohamed Katir is an Olympic f

Katir, eighth in 5,000, pays the sin of youth

The appearance of the year was not revealed in Tokyo. It usually happens with the appearances. The realities need more time. Mohamed Katir is an Olympic finalist, eighth in a 5,000 of excellent level, but the times devoured in a short time invited something great. For now, it is an important position, but not more than that of other Spaniards who have reached a diploma on the track or the route for the sake of an athletics that needs it. Katir likes and likes it. He is one of those who challenge and challenge, what a leader needs. But in this an accurate leader of the podium.

On the border of the environment and the Fund is complex, by the dominance of the Fondists raised in the African Altiplanicie, they compete for those who compete. The 5,000 of Tokyo was an example, dominated by the Ugandés Joshua Chepttegei but with Mohamed Ahmed and Paul Chelimo on the podium. The first, by Canada; the second, by the United States. Katir, still at the beginning of his career, has to make decisions about the distances, on the road to Paris. By then we will know if it was just an appearance or it is a reality.

The way in which the final ended, offset from the last 400, when Chepttegei decided it was time to give the definitive attack, showed that it was missing something. Nothing had to do with the haughty portion of him, even haughty, in the semifinals, in which he even allowed himself to be turned and chatted with Chelimo. In a great championship there is no one to run only 5,000, but two, or three in the case of 1,500. It is not like a rally on which the athlete is prepared for a while. It is a brand, of course, but it is resistance and is tactical. It does not matter so much how the championship begins, but how it is finished.

The two images left by Katir in Tokyo show that, perhaps, it still lacks travel, maturity, to be able to control the wear, it supposes. It is an aspect to work from now on with the coach of him. Athlete himself recognized having paid the lack of experience of him.

After having beat the record of Spain at 12: 50.79, it can not be said that the test, won by the Ugandé Chepttegei at 12: 58.15 was not at your fingertips. No. It was fast at startup, when Spanish, recently nationalized thanks to athletics after carrying in Mula, Murcia, from five years old, was placed in the back positions to avoid skirmishes. He made the mistake of not taking the rope well, so he ran a long time down the street two and assumed unnecessary wear.

Already in Tokyo, Katir had said he was better than when he beat his record of Spain. He did more: in 33 days he also improved those of 1,500 (3: 28.76) and 3,000 (7: 26.64). He was not heard correctly. From now on, he must do it, along with his coach Gabi Lorente, a very young dupla. The athlete is 23 years old; Technician, 31. A diploma is a good prize, but when he is part from other expectations and some sufficiency, disappointment appears. Athletics demands to run out on the track, but not everything else. He has talent and time ahead, time of correct decisions.

Updated Date: 06 August 2021, 09:31

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