León, Jan 1 (EFE) .- The international athlete Roberto Aláiz considers that he carried out the “entrusted work” in the Cursa dels Nassos, despite the failure of the Ethiopian athlete Genzebe Dibaba to improve the world record of 5 kilometers on the road , for which he acted as “hare” in the Barcelona test.
“Despite being a huge athlete, it is never easy to improve a brand worldwide and, although I think she has that record in her legs, perhaps she did not have the best day and she paid for it,” said the runner from León.
Alaiz believes that Dibaba began to lose his options to surpass the mark of 14:44 of Sifan Hassan “from the second kilometer, because until then the intermediate steps were adequate to the established planned rhythm.”
However, as the race progressed, every thousand meters it went over 3 minutes, which made it impossible to improve the record that, finally, entering the Leonese athlete himself glued to the African athlete, he stayed at 15:00, without even being able to get off the quarter hour.
The disciple of José Enrique Villacorta had already participated, as a “hare”, in Fernando Carro’s record attempts, just a few weeks ago in the 10 kilometers of Alcorcón and in 2012 in Birmingham (England) of the Ethiopian Kenesisa Bekele in his attempt assault to the world record in the 10,000 meters.
For this reason, he considers that this work can be adapted to his characteristics “and can be made compatible with his own career as an athlete in search of personal goals.”
Aláiz said goodbye with this race in the Catalan capital of the Playas de Castellón club to start playing the calendar in 2021 as an independent athlete, without having yet decided if he will prepare the indoor track season, because his objective continues to be to fight for the minimum for the Beijing Olympic Games.EFE