What did we learn this week?
Joseph Ebuya is back. Last year’s World Cross Country champion had a disappointing summer, running only 13:11 and well beaten in big races. In his first race of the new cross country season he was second behind Eritrea’s Teklemariam Medhin. Today in France’s Cross de l’Acier, Ebuya beat the initial Diamond League champion Imane Merga. As of Sunday evening (EST) a detailed race report has yet to come online.
Valerie (Vili) Adams has changed coaches again. In March the Kiwi Olympic shot champion split with the only coach she’d ever known as an adult, Kirsten Hellier. This came after her first championship loss in years as well as a divorce. Adams went with New Zealand-based French coach Didier Poppe, but that came to an end this week after disagreements ran through the 2010 season. Adams had already done some work with Switzerland’s Jean-Pierre Egger, and will likely formalize the relationship this week.
Egger will be assisted by his own former athlete Werner Gunthor, the three-time World Champion. Gunthor’s titles are only barely more notable than the fact that he was essentially the only world-class shot putter whose marks were unchanged both before and after random out-of-competition dope testing was instituted in the early 90s, which suggests he was the era’s only top thrower who never used anything illicit.