I logged into YouTube today, and one of the recommended videos was the 1996 Olympic 10,000m mens race (only the second half). I had known how the race panned out, but had never actually seen it. It’s a great race to watch if you have 15 minutes to spare, and I recommend you do. It’s motivational, and exciting.
When Haile Gebrselassie and Paul Tergat lined up that night, Geb’s PB was the world record of 26:43.53, Tergat’s was 27:14.08. Thirty-one seconds separated them on paper, but paper doesn’t matter at a championship race, especially the Olympics. Watch and enjoy.
Updated: So it appears I cannot embed this video (stupid YouTube settings people set), so here is the link instead : http://youtu.be/XpMlAe7X8Uo
In the meantime, I’ll see if I can find one of similar quality I can embed here so you don’t have to leave the site.