Special race report from Harald Fritz, who attended one of our Trisutto.com training camps as a coach earlier this summer. A very talented multi-sport coach in his own right, Harald gives us some insight into his own athlete, Lemawork Ketemas’, preparation for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
After winning the Wings for Life World Run globally this year for the second time in row – running 79.9km in little over 5hr with an average pace of 3:46km – Lemawork Ketemas’ preparation for the Olympic Games in Rio 2016 started with a full test of High Altitude Training in Kühtai /Austria followed by acclimatisation in Rio before the 2015 Marathon. Our goal was to test everything in the way we will do it next year before the Olympic Games and see if it works out.
Lemawork still has troubles with an old injury and while we have used a lot of physiotherapy to make it better, he still unfortunately is not at 100%. Despite this, we made a calculated judgement to start anyway and give it his best shot. The race developed in the way we anticipated. Beginning as a group of around 8 Elite Runners who stayed together for the first 20+ km, the attack started at the second climb. The end of the attack saw Lemawork together with a Kenyan runner. They ran at a good pace – the fastest kilometre was at the 31km mark (2:57/km) until around kilometre 34. Unfortunately from there it developed into a tactical race between the two where neither wanted to take the lead and therefore the pace dropped.
At the end both athletes ran new course records, Lemawork finishing second in 2:14:23, two seconds behind the winner. Sub 2:14 would have been the Austrian qualification limit for Rio 2016, which unfortunately we just missed. Anyway, we now know a lot regarding the best preparation for 2016 and after another planned Training Camp (this time in Kenya) in September I am very sure that Lemawork will run a very good marathon in Frankfurt in October.