nbsp;- For Kenyan athletics it was an historic moment. But for Kenya itself it’s a symbol of peace just months after it was torn apart by bloody political violence that divided country along tribal lines.</P>
nbsp;- There can be few better insults in Olympic history than Steve Ovett, describing the decathlon as, “nine Mickey Mouse events, followed by a slow 1500 metres”. Ovett, winner of the 800 metres gold in Moscow 1980 (and also a great 1500m runner) was taking the rise out of his British contemporary, Daley Thompson, who got the last laugh, by winning the 10-discipline decathlon gold in both Moscow and Los Angeles 1984.</P>
- As Wilfred Bungei entered the home straight at the end of the men’s 800m final on Saturday he looked up at the screen through his dark shades and realised he was in a rare position. Ahead of him was a prize, a big one. The biggest one, he says.</P>
nbsp;- Similar height, similar weight, same country. And now, 28 years later, Kenenisa Bekele celebrates the 5000/10,000m double that crowned the glorious career of Miruts Yifter. No Ethiopian – not even Haile Gebrselassie – managed it in between.</P>
nbsp;– “Some days are his, some days are mine,” said Andreas Thorkildsen, when asked about his rivalry with Finn Tero Pitkämäki. But their Olympic days so far belong to the Norwegian Javelin Thrower. </P>
- World, you’d better watch out, Kenyan women are on the march. First Pamela Jelimo and Janeth Jepkosgei took apart the 800m field here in the Bird’s Nest stadium on Monday (18) and then Nancy Jebet Lagat (previously better known as 'Langat'), who turned 27 yesterday (22), dismantled a classy 1500m field to capture Olympic gold.</P>
Alongside Hannes Kolehmainen, Emil Zatopek, Vladimir Kuts, Lasse Viren and Miruts Yifter we can now add the name Kenenisa Bekele as the only men to win the 5000m and 10,000m double at the Olympic Games.
In a year of inconsistency in the men’s Javelin Throw, Andreas Thorkildsen not only retained his Olympic title but brought respectability to the event which has been without a 90m throw all season.