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Ian Dunn
414370.  Sun Sep 28, 2008 11:40 am Reply with quote

Haile Gebrselassie is a long-distance runner from Ethiopia. Today, he became the first man in history to run a marathon in under 2 hours and 4 minutes, winning the Berlin Marathon in 2:03:59, betting his previous world record by nearly half a minute.

Story from the BBC

 
jakamneziak
414375.  Sun Sep 28, 2008 11:53 am Reply with quote

Is he the same guy who i was used to seeing in the 90's running 10k and steeplechases in the so called golden four?

 
suze
414394.  Sun Sep 28, 2008 12:27 pm Reply with quote

He is. His track career was mainly dedicated to the 5000 and 10000 meters - he was world's champion at the 10000 meters in 1993, 1995, 1997, and 1999. I don't think he ever ran steeplechases, but he did hold the world's record for the flat 3000 meters for a while. (Not an Olympic event, but it's quite often run at track meets in Europe.)

Time for a font test - here's his name in the Ge'ez script used in Ethiopia:

ኃይሌ ገብረ ሥላሴ.

 
samivel
414534.  Sun Sep 28, 2008 6:53 pm Reply with quote

Hmm. Unless Ge'ez looks like a barcode, I don't seem to have it on this computer.

 
suze
414545.  Sun Sep 28, 2008 7:14 pm Reply with quote

You may not have - I'm not sure if a Ge'ez font is included as standard with Windows yet; it certainly wasn't when I bought my current laptop.

Being the sort of linguo-geek I am, I've made it my business to seek to have a font for every writing system in use in the modern world. Mongolian took a while to find, but I think Lepcha is about the only one I'm still missing.

Anyways, here's the Ge'ez name as an image

 
samivel
414550.  Sun Sep 28, 2008 7:32 pm Reply with quote

Thank you.

 
Arcane
414564.  Sun Sep 28, 2008 8:37 pm Reply with quote

I found this Lepcha font page that also has the link to the downloadable Lepcha font that I PM'd you, Suze. Hope it helps.

 
bobwilson
414568.  Sun Sep 28, 2008 8:51 pm Reply with quote

suze wrote:
You may not have - I'm not sure if a Ge'ez font is included as standard with Windows yet; it certainly wasn't when I bought my current laptop.

Being the sort of linguo-geek I am, I've made it my business to seek to have a font for every writing system in use in the modern world. Mongolian took a while to find, but I think Lepcha is about the only one I'm still missing.

Anyways, here's the Ge'ez name as an image



i think it looked better as a bar code - but there you go - no artistic taste me

 
jakamneziak
414590.  Mon Sep 29, 2008 2:14 am Reply with quote

Did anyone win the golden four athletics events? I cant renember if anyone did. All i renemebr was they were held in 4 european cities (berlin and zurich come to mind for two of them) And only if you won all four events did you get the gold bar as a reward.

 
suze
414836.  Mon Sep 29, 2008 10:54 am Reply with quote

Up to 2008, 32 athletes had won the Golden League jackpot (i.e. had won their event at all the qualifying meets during a year).

The prize was originally a share of one million dollars (divided between all winners in that year). Between 2000 and 2002, it was changed to 50 kilograms in gold bars for each winner, but as of 2003 it went back to being money.

The first Golden League season was 1998, in which three athletes shared the million dollar jackpot. Gebrselassie was one of them, with the other two being Hicham el Guerrouj and a cheating American woman.

The 32 are listed on Wiki.


PS. Thanks reddy, you're a star!

 
jakamneziak
414943.  Mon Sep 29, 2008 1:44 pm Reply with quote

i thoguht it was older than that but hey my memory is often wrong these days.

 
legspin
414949.  Mon Sep 29, 2008 1:52 pm Reply with quote

2006
Details
Asafa Powell 100 m $ 249,999*
Jeremy Wariner 400 m
Sanya Richards 400 m

Kenenisa Bekele 5,000 m $ 83,333*
Tirunesh Dibaba 5,000 m
Irving Saladino Long Jump

This hardly seems fair. The sprinters shared almost $750,000, the distance and field event winners split $250,000.

 
suze
415038.  Mon Sep 29, 2008 4:37 pm Reply with quote

It's not made especially clear in the Wiki article, but I think that's because the three sprinters did win all six Golden League races, while the other three athletes won only five of the six.

During the "gold bars" years and also for the year 2006, the rules did include smaller portions of the jackpot for athletes who won five events. It's been changed back by now though, and in 2008 for only the third time, one athlete took the whole million.

 
legspin
415091.  Mon Sep 29, 2008 6:17 pm Reply with quote

Ahh, right enough so.

 

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