Rome, Italy – The win streaks of two of the world’s greatest
athletes came to a close this evening, as quadruple World 1500m champion Hicham
El Guerrouj, and Ana Guevara, the women’s World 400m gold medallist were
dealt crushing defeats at the MGK-Vis Golden Gala, in the Italian
capital’s Olympic stadium.
Five still in the hunt
Continuing the hunt for the $1 million TDK Golden League Jackpot tonight
were seven of the 12 Bergen meet winners, and of these five were successful -
Tonique Williams-Darling (400m) and Hestrie Cloete (High Jump) in the
women’s events, and in the men’s Virgilijus Alekna (Discus),
Christian Olsson (Triple Jump), and Felix Sanchez (400m Hurdles). Ending their
challenge was Yuriy Borzakovskiy (800m) and Bernard Lagat (1500m).
Theatre at its very best
Hicham El Guerrouj who had 28 consecutive wins to his
credit and Ana Guevara who had 24 races under her belt without a loss,
were left as also-rans tonight at the 24th edition of Rome’s Golden Gala,
in which a record 70 nations were represented.
This was great athletics theatre at its very best, as going ‘back to
back’ on this evening’s programme in the women’s 400m and the
men’s 1500m respectively, these two great names of the sport found were
wanting in the final dash to the line.